Published On: Thu, Jun 27th, 2019

NESERA bans importation of two stroke engine to improve Air quantity in Nigeria

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Director General NESREA, Prof.Aliyu Jauro ,delivering his welcome remarks at the 9th Regulatory Dialogue on Implementation of National Environmental Registrations held in Abuja yesterday.

By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

The National Environment Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESERA) said in it quest to improve the quality air in Nigeria, the agency has successfully banned the importation of two-strokes engines in low powered application to motorcycles, mopeds, marine outboard motors, gardening equipment and chainsaws.
The Director General NESERA,Prof. Aliyu Jauro made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja at the 9th Regulatory Dialogue on Implementation of National Environmental Registrations .
Prof.Jauro,in his welcome remarks said, the theme for the 9th series tagged”Implementation of National Environmental Regulations:Tools for improving Air Quality in Nigeria”,was apt, saying this year’s dialogue, proposes to assess the level of implementation of the National Environmental Registrations that sought to control air pollution.
He said ,according to the annual state Global Report published by Health Effects Institute (HEI),Nigeria currently has the highest burden of fatalities from the air pollution in Africa and ranked 4th most polluted country in world. It is also estimated that in every 100,000deaths,150 are attributed to air pollution.
He added that, it has been of a particular concern of the recent rising of black spot particles in the air in PortHarcourt, Rivers state leaving soot residue on surfaces in and out of homes .
Consequently, the NESREA boss pointed out that, the agency has embarked on public awareness campaigns including the production and distribution of IEC materials on air pollution control. We are also in the process of establishing the National Vehncular Emssnon Control Programme (NVECP) and National Generator Emission Control Programmc (NGECP) under a Public Private Partnership arrangement. With the recent amendment of the NESREA (Establishment) (Amendment) Act, 2018, the Agency is poised to deliver more on its mandate.
He further explained that,the dialogue has been a successful partnership programmes between the federal,state and local governments implemented by NESERA.”By this programme,NESREA has charged a course in ensuring an inclusive Environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement programme in Nigeria that we are all part of today”
Meanwhile,The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment, Mrs Ibukun Odusote who was represented by Director Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) J.Alonge,said the National Regulatory Dialogue is a successful initiative involving key stakeholders at all levels in promoting an inclusive and effective environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement programme.
Speaking in her keynote address,she noted in particularly that the Dialogue has become a living testimony of he importance and benefits of public participation in Environmental governance.
“This is in line with the philosophy of achieving the Sustainable Development (SDGs),which emphasises the attainment of sustainable development”.
Odusote said government has taken necessary measures to ensure that air pollution and indeed every environment is controlled.The establishment of Federal Ministry of Each,creation of NESREA and ratification of various multi-lateral Environment Agreements demonstrated the commitrment to government bro tackle its environment problems.

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