By Usman Shuaibu
The University of Abuja, Department of Geography and Environmental Management in partnership with Nigerian Environmental Society on Wednesday celebrated ‘2019 Word Environment Day’ with the theme “Air Pollution: We cannot stop Breathing but We can do Something”.
In his speech at the occasion, the Head of Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University, Prof. Muhammad Mamman Alhassan, said the United Nations Had created a special day known as ‘World Environment Day’ in 1972 in order to save worldwide environment for better future on the earth.
His words: “World Environment Day is a great annual event celebrated globally on 5th of June to understand our mistakes and act positively to neutralize the bad effects of those mistakes. It has been established to act actively on its various objectives. It was first celebrated in 1973 by the United Nations General Assembly and United Nations Environment programme to address various environmental issues like global warming, food shortages and deforestation”.
He said, according to the scientists, in the near future more than two-thirds of flora and fauna will be extinct because of human-induced environmental changes.
Commenting on the air pollution, he noted that air pollution was one of the biggest threats to global health, and urged Nigerians to do something about it for the betterment of society.
“The moment you step out of the house and are on the road, you can actually see the air getting polluted; a cloud of smoke from the exhaust of a bus, car, or a truck; smoke billowing from a factory chimney, fly ash generated by thermal power plants, burning of waste from open burns, speeding cars causing dust to rise from the roads and even someone smoking a cigarette can also cause air pollution”, Professor explained.
Alhassan, however, charged the governments, community leaders, private sector, individuals and Civil Society Organizations to gear towards reducing the rate of climate change(s) as well as save so many natural resources for better life on earth in future, and he pointed out that “our policy on national air quality standard needs to be reviewed”.
The occasion was attended by the representative of the Vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Michael Adikwu and other important dignitaries.