The Federal Government has commenced the national emissions control programmes in a quest to reduce air pollution in Nigeria.
To this end, it flagged off the programme on Monday in Abuja, with generators and motor vehicles at the centre of the exercise.
Minister of Environment, Muhammad Abdullahi made this known at the launch of the programme tagged, National Generator Emissions Control Programme and the National Vehicular Emissions Control Programme.
Abdullahi said the programmes involved the periodic testing of generators and vehicles for toxic and greenhouse gas emissions.
He added that the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency would implement the programmes, as the initiative was in recognition of the need to protect the environment and human life from the dangers posed by toxic air emissions.
His word, “The NGECP and the NVECP are strategies aimed at cutting down emissions of pollutants from generators (stationary source) as well as vehicles (mobile source).
“The programmes will be implemented under public-private partnership and will involve periodic (annual) testing of generators and vehicles for toxic and greenhouse gas emissions.
“In this strategy, the responsibility of NESREA will be to set national emission standards and to develop a reliable national database management system for all emissions data generated from the two programmes in Nigeria.”
Continued: “The implementation of the NGECP would be starting with power generating sets of capacity from 10kva and above, while for the NVECP, the lowest limit would be Euro III emission standard as agreed at the ECOWAS regional level.”