Concerned over the degree of air pollution in the country, the Nigerian Institute of Environmental Engineers (NIEE) has called for a ban on old vehicles whose lifespan has exceeded 10 years from being driven on roads in the country.
1. Why should these old vehicles be banned on Nigerian roads?
The body acknowledged the role of the Vehicle Inspection Service in maintaining road sanity, and made a request to the government of Lagos State to consider reassigning officials of the commission to evaluate the air pollution status of vehicles plying roads in the country.
Stating the reason behind this call, the institution said it was due to the dangers posed by vehicles emanating harmful chemicals into the environment, cutting the lifespan of a good number of Nigerians.
Smoke from these vehicles is toxic to your health
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2. What's the plan of NIEE?
Reiterating its commitment to this course, the NIEE stated that it was keen on fostering partnerships at different levels of government to combat noise pollution with the aim of averting the many risks it befalls on the citizenry
Mr Monsuru Yinusa, Chairman Nigerian Institute of Environmental Engineers, addressed the press in an event commemorating the 2019 World Environment Day tagged “Air Pollution: Utilization of Green Technology to Improve Air Quality in Communities.” He said that air pollution was a global problem resulting in one death among nine.
“Air pollution kills seven million people each year from exposure to polluted air, both indoors and outdoors.
“The biggest killers attributed to air pollution are: stroke, heart disease, lung disease and cancer,” he said.
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Another speaker at the event was the Vice Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Environmental Engineers, Mr Olalekan Ajani, who commended the Lagos State Government for its tree planning exercise, and urged other states in the federation to follow suit as this would reduce air pollution