Nigerians have been urged to promote a safer environment by the use of appropriate chemicals in the manufacturing sector.
The country representative and regional director United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, Dr Jean Bakole, represented by Mr Oluyomi Banjo, UNIDO Regional office for ECOWAS, stated this at a two day training workshop on safer production and business development in the Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Foam sector organised by BASF, an international Technology company in partnership with Federal Ministry of Environment and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.
“UNIDO has been supporting the Nigerian government and the Nigerian people for more than 20 years now on the issues of ozone layer protection and also collaborating with the private sector,” Banjo said.
He added that UNIDO has been collaborating with the government to train a lot of the enterprises in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector, the whole essence is not only to save our environment but also to improve the social standing of the country.
Federal Ministry of Environment National Ozone officer, Mr Idris Abdulahi, said that “Government is doing a lot currently, one, you can see for most of our training workshop of which most of our major stakeholders can attest to it, we have phase out the use of Chloral Floral carbon in the Refrigeration and Air condition sector.”
The Managing Director, BASF, West Africa, Mr Jean-Marc Ricca, said the Workshop is “a typical of what we do,here you mentioned a contribution in terms of environment, you fixing a problem which is related to ozone depleting substances, you fixing a problem which is economic, you are enabling entrepreneurs to run and expand their businesses, and you also fixing a problem on the social side because you are also creating jobs, we love it because it is a private partnership and we look forward to more and more of this initiative.”
The event which took place in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital was aimed at improving industrial and economic sector and also contributions towards the 2030 agenda of sustainable development goals of the United Nations.