Kogi State Government has urged residents to be serious about controlling air pollution and avoid polluting the environment .
The state’s Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Sanusi Yahaya, made the call on Monday in Lokoja.
According to him, once the air is polluted, the quality being inhaled is injurious to the health and can cause chronic diseases such as lung cancer, triggers asthma, among others.
Yahaya said that nine out of 10 people breathe polluted air which killed about seven million people yearly as reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
He defined air pollution as ”certain gases and particles in the atmosphere which harm humans and other organisms also affect climate.”
He also stressed the need to remind the general public of the environment’s importance.
”It also has provision against burning of bush, solid wastes, and all other activities that release these particles and other gases as pollutants into the atmosphere.
Yahaya said that the fire wood and charcoal are commonly used energy in Kogi, and he, therefore, called on the people to expose activities of bush burning, illegal felling of trees and charcoal production to be punished according to law.
He said that the state government had recently acquired clean stoves through the support of the Nigerian government in a bid to promote cleaner energy.
He said that the pilot phase, which had already been brought to the state would be given to women and households to ensure a cleaner form of energy thereby reducing air pollution.