The Lagos State government has reiterated its determination to reduce air pollution to the barest minimum in the state.
This is even as the state government said it has identified four major contributors to air pollution in the state and further highlighted robust initiatives in pursuit of clean air.
This was made known on Tuesday by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Environmental Services, Mrs. Belinda Odeneye during the webinar session in commemoration of the year 2021 International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.
She noted that Lagos as Africa’s fastest growing mega city is confronted with myriads of environmental challenges, particularly from transportation, power, industrial activities and waste management.
She expressed the determination of the present administration to rid the state of all forms of pollutions and bequeath to the people, a clean, safe, healthy and more friendly environment.
To curb the tide of air pollution in the state, Odeneye listed the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, tree planting and greening of open spaces, improvement in the management of dumpsites across the state as steps taken by government.
Others are the Blue and Red line Light Rail Mass Transit, advocacy and public education, installation of air quality monitoring equipment, development of a robust climate action plan, improvement in facilities compliance monitoring and review of existing laws and policies and development of new ones.
In his presentation, titled: “Air Quality and Air Pollution; Medical Implications”, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi called for holistic protection of the environment in other to prevent health issues, such as respiratory, cardiovascular, systemic inflammation and oncogenic potentials.
He further warned against constant and long-time exposure to polluted air.
In her presentation, the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agrncy (LASEPA), Dr. Dolapo Fasawe recalled that, Lagos in accordance with the 1996 Paris agreement on international treaty on climate change, has taken the bull by the horn by establishing six air quality monitoring stations.
“As a government, we are more determined to systematically tackle environmental menace and combat global warming, climate change and importantly secure the health of our people and the environment as a whole,” she said.