The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) says proper implementation of a Vehicular Emission Control Programme (VECP) will promote environmental health in the country.
The Director-General of the agency, Dr Lawrence Anukam, disclosed this in Abuja.
“The Vehicular Emission Control programme is essentially a process of checking the air quality in an environment. A lot of vehicles that are on the road now are emitting smokes. If you are at the rear in another vehicle, you do not even see because of the smoke coming out. It has a lot of health implications. It has a lot of safety implication, in terms of accidents. The idea of the programme is to make sure that when fully established in all parts of the country, vehicles are required to go to testing centres to make sure that the emission coming out from the vehicle meets required standards,’’ he said.
Anukam said that the programme was expected to enhance the quality of vehicles that were on the roads; as well as promote environmental health in the country.
He said that the agency would enforce the programme in collaboration with the Nigeria Police, Vehicle Inspection Officers and Federal Road Safety Corps.
According to the director-general, the programme will also help address the vehicular emission caused by the increasing number of old automobiles that ply Nigerian roads.
“We are working finally to start up a pilot phase in the FCT; after that we will now extend it to other parts of the country. That is for the vehicular emission which is addressing the mobile aspect of gear pollution.’’
He pledged the agency’s commitment to ensuring that power generators were also checked as part of the programme.
“There are so many types of generators being imported into the country. We are not against the use of generators. But what is important is to make sure these generators are properly maintained to ensure they do not pollute the environment. We will monitor the generators coming into the country using our personnel to be sure that they meet the required emission standards for imports,’’ he concluded.