The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has described increased usage of generators as a time bomb on the environment.
The Gombe State Coordinator, NESREA, Mr David Wuaye, stated this in an interview on Wednesday.
According to him, use of generators pollute the atmosphere and is a source of noise pollution across the nation.
He noted that many Nigerians were resorting to use of generators due to epileptic power supply.
However, Wuaye explained that the agency would continue to work assiduously to discourage the use of generators because of its harmful effect on humans and the environment.
“The increasing use of generators in Gombe is becoming a serious environmental threat. This is a time bomb on the environment and the quality of air available to both human and the environment.
“Due to poor power supply, many have resorted to generator use as back up. This is a trend that may have dire consequences on the environment sooner than we expect, if nothing is done to reverse such trend.
“Since we don’t live in isolation, the increasing use of generators is contributing to global warming no matter how insignificantly it is viewed. We must fashion out ways to discourage the use of generators.
“In most neighbourhoods, the sound of generators at night is something else. This is also having adverse effects on eardrums of people and also disturbs the brain after a long day job.
“This is becoming unbearable and the agency is working to addressing such environmental issues which threaten the quality of available air and causes serious noise pollution as well,’’ News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying.
He urged energy stakeholders and residents to invest in alternative sources of power, identifying solar energy as an environment-friendly power source that could serve as a good alternative.
Wuaye further appealed to residents of the state to plant more trees to absorb carbon monoxide released into the atmosphere through generator use.
The Federal Government commenced implementation of the National Generator Emission Control Programme to address pollution from generator sources on December 26, 2018.
The Centre for Management Development (CMD) said that at least 60 million Nigerians invested about N1.6 trillion to purchase and maintain standby generators annually.