By Ariwodola Idowu
Ekiti’s government has said it is about to begin emissions testing on the state’s vehicles, generators and other gasoline and diesel engines.
State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources Iyabo Fakunle-Okieimen said in a statement released to Ado Ekiti on Sunday.
She explained that the move was part of efforts to combat the effects of global warming and ensure a healthy environment for residents of the state.
Fakunle-Okieimen said conducting the test was crucial to achieving the goal of reducing air pollutants emitted by gasoline and diesel engine exhaust systems to a tolerable level.
Quoting the World Health Organization (WHO), the commissioner noted that harmful emissions from engine exhaust are the main factors contributing to poor air quality.
She said the poor air quality can cause many fatal illnesses.
She named these diseases as including lower respiratory tract infections, tuberculosis, cancers, cerebrovascular and ischemic heart disease.
The commissioner explained that these emissions have also depleted the ozone layer, allowing direct radiation from the sun to the earth, thus making the environment unnecessary heat.
Fakunle-Okieimen said the government would need the support of all stakeholders to ensure the well-being of the population, just as she ensured that those responsible for the test had been urged to be rigorous and professional.
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