The Nigerian Environmental Society, Lagos Island Chapter (NESLIC), has charged the government to commence implementation of the National Vehicle Emission Standard to reduce air pollution from automobiles.
Chairman of the chapter, Mr Chuks Umege said this at an event to commemorate the World Environment Day on Friday.
The World Environment Day is celebrated every June 5 to encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment.
Umege said that air pollution posed a danger to everyone and remains a leading cause of many diseases.
Safety Record recalls that the National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA) said in September 2017 that it would mobilise agencies for the implementation of the National Vehicular Emission Control Programme (NVECP).
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According to NESREA, some of the agencies involved in the programme, and which doubled as members of its board, include Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, Vehicle Inspection Officers and National Union of Road Transport Workers.
Umege said that the implementation of the standard would help check the level of air pollution from vehicles around the country.
“Some Nigerian cities are ranked as the worst air polluted cities in the world and NES is not happy with this ranking.
“To change this ranking involves all stakeholders concerned with the environment, the government, the industrial community, the regulatory bodies, the NGOs and individuals,” he said.
Umege added that the nation must work toward reducing energy use, create alternative and cleaner energy source and use of green technology.
He urged individuals to use eco-friendly products.