17 February 2021 Mathew Ayoola
The National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC has stressed the need for Nigeria and other West African Countries to be at par with the rest of the world in terms of fuel and emission standards.
The Director General of NADDC, Mr Jelani Aliyu stated this in Abuja at a workshop on strategy for adopting ECOWAS Standard on Fuel and Emission in Nigeria.
Mr Jelani Aliyu said globally, air pollution had become a source of concern due to its effects on human health and the environment.
“In Nigeria, air pollution is a major health risk and a growing economic burden in the country’s rapidly growing cities” He stated.
According to him, in 2013, air pollution was the third leading risk factor for premature mortality in the country.
The Director General therefore called for improved air quality to ensure lower economic cost for the health sector and increased competitiveness of cities.
In a remark, the former Director General of NADDC, Mr Aminu Jalal called on all stakeholders to come up with strategies that would improve the quality of life of Nigerians through adoption of ECOWAS standards for fuel and emission.
Mr Aminu Jalal also stressed the need for more measures that would enhance the growth of the nation’s automobile industry.
Other participants in the workshop emphasized the need for synergy among relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs towards achieving the fuel and emission standards in line with the best international practice.
The workshop which was attended by Representatives from Ministries of Environment, Petroleum, Officials of FRSC and United Nations Representative among others witnessed the presentation of a report by the United Nations Environment study on Clean Fuels Roadmap for Nigeria through Refinery Upgrade Option.