The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) has warned against rising air pollution in the world.
Center LSD’s Acting Execitive Director Mr Monday Osasah gave the warning on Thursday in Abuja during an interview with journalists.
Osasah said the rising air pollution could increase cronic diseases that would worsen death rate globally.
He observed there was need to highlight challenges of air pollution due to its multifaceted consequences.
Mr Amidu Lawal, Senior Programme Officer of the Centre, had in a statement, said air was critical to human existence and ought to be free from pollution.
“Building on its engagement on environmental pollution in Niger Delta, Centre LSD has joined the world in marking the world environment day to draw attention to rising air pollution menace.
“Yet a polluted air has the capacity to unveil numerous health problem, including respiratory diseases that have led to loss of several lives even in Nigeria.
“Air pollution constitutes the largest among all of the environmental risks estimated to have resulted to 7 million death globally,” he said.
According to him, Nigeria ranks fourth deadliest globally with 150 deaths per 100,000 attributed to air pollution.
He added that air pollution was a common feature in Nigeria particularly in Niger Delta region due to gas flaring.