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Lagos partners US to tackle air pollution

The Lagos State Government is currently partnering with the United States Mission as part of efforts to tackle air pollution in the state.

The state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, disclosed this on Tuesday during a meeting with the US Consulate General in Alausa, Ikeja.

He said, “We are partnering with the US Consul in order to tackle the challenge of air pollution and they will work with us in raising the air quality of the state and make recommendations for us so that we will be able to deal with this problem effectively.

“Their assistance will be of utmost importance to us because this is Nigeria’s commercial capital and if this state can deal with air pollution successively, I am sure that Nigeria would have dealt with it 75 percent.”

The acting US Consul General, Mr. Brandon Hudspeth, in his address, noted that the US would raise more awareness on clean air and climate change.

“We have been working with the Ministry of Environment, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, and the Lagos State Government on raising the air quality throughout the state and Nigeria and we are working towards raising awareness on clean air and climate change and we are happy to celebrate Air Quality Week to be commemorated next week,” he said.

The General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, said, “Air pollution is everywhere, even in the US, but we can talk about how to deal with it, how to manage it using ICT and data analytics, disseminating the right information and signaling people on the quality of air.”

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