The director general of National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Lawrence Anukam, said about 60 million Nigerians invest N1.6 trillion to buy and maintain standby generators every year.
Speaking during a media briefing in Abuja to announce the implementation of the National Generator Emission Control Programme (NGECP) which is expected to begin in January with Abuja as a pilot study, Anukam said the aim of the programme is to control the emission originating from generating sets used in the country. Anukam said the target is to see that Nigerians use functional, non-polluting generating set as alternative source of energy.
He said: “Recent statistics from the Centre for Management Development revealed that an estimated 60 million Nigerians invest about N1.6 trillion to purchase and maintain standby generators annually. The National Generator Emission Control Programme (NGECP) is a strategy aimed at cutting down emission of pollutants from generators.”
“The programme is being implemented under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) and will involve periodic testing of generators for toxic emissions.” Anukam said air pollution, emanating from either vehicular or generating sets, remained a major challenge in the country.