The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) have announced its intention to begin house to house inspection of generators from January 2019.
The NESREA Director-General, Lawrence Anukam announced this ‘implementation of the National Generator Emission Control Programme (NGECP)’ to Newsmen in Abuja, according to Leadership Newspaper.
Anukam said the NGECP project is aimed at creating a cleaner environment which will result to economic growth.
He also noted that the project will aid the government determine the type, model and year of the generators being used, so as to guarantee that Nigeria is not a dumping ground for dead equipment.
“He revealed that indiscriminate use of generators for both domestic and industrial power supply and the harmful pollutants such as Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO2) and unburnt hydrocarbons emitted from generators had contributed to poor air quality which negatively affected the environment and human health,” Leadership Newspaper reports.
The DG also stated that Nigeria’s target is to achieve at least 30% energy efficiency in houses, industries, homes etc.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ambient air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths annually.