The founder, Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE), Dr Newton Jibunoh has lamented the inability of federal government to initiate strong policies that would end gas flaring noting that gas flares from oil producing states are extremely harmful to the environment.
This is even as he regretted that the ozone layer which protected the ecosystem is depleting due to increased human activities leading to air pollution adding that global warming is also caused by a depletion of the ozone layer.
This was contained in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP Newspaper in Abuja titled, “Environmental Pollution: The Elephant in The Room”.
According to him, “Respiratory and heart problems can be directly traced to a polluted atmosphere and unfortunately, we caused these problems for ourselves”.
On Port Harcourt black soot, he noted that barely two years after the incident that government is yet to resolve the issue despite outcry from the public.
He expressed worry that the quality of lives of children born in Rivers communities would be endangered if government failed to address the soot soonest.
The expert stated that developed countries have adopted renewable sources of energy and are slowly phasing out non-renewable sources of energy due to its negative impact on the environment.
While adding that China has announced ban on production of petrol and diesel cars in the nearest future, he was optimistic that other countries would adopt similar measures aimed at reducing emissions.
“Nigeria is entertaining rumours of a proposed increase in import duty on solar panels. How is this the way forward? Why are we still heavily dependent on generators as our major source of power”, he asked.
He noted that there is a proportional increase in human activities given the rise in Nigeria’s population adding that numerous human activities are currently putting a strain on the environment.
Jibuoh said that Nigeria with a projected headcount of about 250 million people that in less than 10 years that the environment would feel the impact of environmental pollution.
He noted that the effects of environmental degradation caused by environmental pollution would worsen except government acted fast to quench the wildfire.
The desert warrior lamented that government had overlooked issues bordering on environmental pollution with its consequences on farmlands and marine life, considered to be elements necessary for survival on earth.
He decried the mounting filts in Lagos state saying that plastics has taken over the streets and rivers as the drainages are custodians of various foreign waste.
The expert wondered why Lagosians have made close allies with filts stressing that ‘it’s a usual sight to see heaps of refuse dumped beside a waste bin in the Lagos’, which he described as a situation that needed to be tackled urgently.
According to him, “Improper management of our waste has tainted the aesthetic appeal of our beloved city and is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other elements that are not beneficial to our health”.
He pointed out that street hawking and trading is a contributory factor to escalating number of waste in the city saying that he had raised the notion to fine buyers not sellers as a way of curbing hawking and roadside street trading.
Jibunoh who has lived in the city for over two decades maintained that the city is littered with petrol tanks that emitted harmful smoke into the atmosphere.
He said though tanker drivers contributed to increased air pollution in the city that the factories and industries also contributed to the harmful practise.
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