The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is working to meet the July 2017 deadline for switching from fuel with higher concentration of sulphur to fuel with lower sulphur content, The Nation reports.

Its Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, said by changing to lower-sulphur fuel, Nigeria wants to start using fuel that creates less toxic fumes as against the current grade of fuel, which produces black smoke with its attendant environmental hazards for the country.

Ughamadu said in an interview that the issue of refining and consuming fuel with low sulphur content is a global initiative and that Nigeria cannot be an exemption. He said NNPC has taken some measures to meet the deadline for conversion into lower-sulphur fuel.

Parts of the measures, he said, include liaising with reputable environmental protection institutions such as Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) as well as the Ministries of Industry and Environment to ensure proper certification of lower-sulphur fuel and enlightening consumers on the benefits to derive from using the product.