The Lagos State Government and the US Consulate-General is collaborating on air quality monitoring and measuring to reduce pollution and combat the effect of climate change.
The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello and the Acting Consulate General, Brandon Hudspeth expressed the commitment at a high level official meeting in Alausa, Ikeja.
In his remarks, Mr Tunji Bello said Lagos is in dire need of lager collaboration especially in human capacity building to combat the menace of climate change, and that with the population at about 24 million, the Government is trying to put various measures in place so that human activities must be carried out with climate change in mind.
The Acting U. S. Consulate General, Mr. Brandon Hudspeth, commended the Lagos State government on its various activities to combat Climate change and reiterated the Consulate’s readiness to partner and give technical expertise to further raise awareness about air pollution.
He added that the U. S Mission in Nigeria had ensured thatall its buildings have been operating on zero carbon emission to combat air pollution.
In her presentation the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency,LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe said the State expects the partnership to further boost awareness about air quality, dangers of air pollution and ways to mitigate the effect of air pollution against Climate change.
According to Dr Fasawe, the State Government has installed six Air Quality Monitoring Stations in strategic locations across the State and plans are ongoing to start arresting operators of vehicles and machineries contributing to carbon emission.
In his presentation, the Head Climate Change and Environmental Planning Department in the Ministry of the Environment, Mr Michael Bankole explained that as at 2015 the total emission in Lagos State was estimated to 26 million Giga tonnes of carbon infused in the atmosphere with stationery energy contributing 55%, Transportation 20%, while Waste Contributes 25%.
He mentioned that the rise in the carbon emissions could be attributed to Rapid Population Growth, increased Green House Gas(GHG) amongst others