As countries offer incentives to discourage inefficient lighting system and promoting greener environment, more efficient solutions, members of the Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) have backed calls for banning of conventional electric lights, popularly known as incandescent bulbs in the country.
The trade group which members imports some of the light bulbs sold in the country, supported the new move to introduce energy efficient standards that will encourage manufacturing of light-emitting diode (LED) and tubes by Nigerians to conserve energy and consumption costs in homes.
The ban is expected to reduce CO2 emissions. According to the President of NACCIMA, Mr Herbert Ajayi who pointed out that LED bulbs are more efficient and do not contain harmful substances, he said however that many people lament that they simply are not affordable for the majority of consumers. He explained that the bulbs have a more expensive initial cost, about N100 a bulb compared to N40 for a less efficient light. But NACCIMA said lower energy usage and in some cases longer life from the new bulbs will more than make up for the higher purchase price over the life of the bulb.
President of NACCIMA, Herbert Ajayi in a chat with media personnel yesterday also said that concerning the State of the Economy, the spirit of proper maintenance culture has disappeared from both public and private sector levels and that partnership initiatives with the various tiers of government in the area of urban regeneration should be implemented to increase the life span of facilities/properties and reduce accidents and depreciation of equipment.
He stated that Nigerians ought to be worried that the extant practice of ensuring an effective maintenance culture has not been jettisoned by governments and the citizens over the years and that image the Public Works Department (PWD) and Citizens carrying out regular maintenance of public roads and private infrastructural facilities has disappeared.
His words “We are all witnesses in today’s society that the spirit of proper maintenance culture has disappeared from both public and private sector levels in the country.
This has led to the fast deterioration of infrastructural facilities/properties throughout the country, resulting in high maintenance or replacement costs.” He stated