Charting A Path Towards A Sustainable Clean Air in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

According to the Executive Director of the United Nation Environment Program, Mr. Erik Solheim, “pollutionis a universal challenge that threatens wildlife, devastates ecosystems and kills millions of people.” Air pollution kills more than 6 million people every year, most of these deaths occurring in Africa and Asia. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) says air pollution is fundamentally altering our climate.

with profound impact on the health and sustainability of our planet. The agency describes air pollution as “the biggest environmental health risk of our time.”
Whilst a disproportionate number of the mortality rate arising from air pollution occurs in Africa and Asia, there has been no concerted effort by individuals, groups, stakeholders and governments in these two acutely impacted continents to conduct comprehensive studies on the problem. Many of the statistics provided by international agencies are usually extrapolations from studies conducted in developed countries. Therefore, conducting and evaluating epidemiological studies in areas worst hit by air pollution in Africa should be a priority to our governments and international institutions. In many developing countries, air pollution is seen as
a necessary evil by governments in their pursuit of development. Many developing countries are unwilling to invest resources in monitoring air pollution or put in place regulations that would reduce air pollution.

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