Experts instruct FG on enforcing environmental laws

The federal government has been tasked with enforcing environmental protection laws, through relevant government agencies, as part of air pollution prevention measures.

This was among recommendations in a statement issued at an international conference on COVID-19, air quality and the environment organized by the Center for Atmospheric Research, Penn State University, and hosted by Osun State University, Osogbo.

The statement signed by the director of the Center for Atmospheric Research, Prof. Babatunde Rabiu, and Dr. Olusegun Fawole also called for effective communication on environmental laws.

He said in particular: “There is an urgent need for Nigeria to develop its air quality index. This will enable relevant agencies, especially the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, to independently monitor and control emissions from their factories.

“The general public should become aware and aware of the quality of the air around them. As such, air quality reports should become the order of the day, along with weather reports. Government agencies must work in synergy and with relevant stakeholders to enact, effectively communicate, and enforce environmental protection laws.

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