The Nigeria Environmental Society (NES) says it has commenced air and water pollution survey in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ascertain the level of environmental pollution in the territory.
The Chairman, FCT Chapter of the society, Mr Efegbidiki Okobia, made the statement on Wednesday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said that the survey would assist in producing data that government could use in planning and implementing policies in the environment sector.
Okobia, who expressed concern that Nigeria had yet to develop data on pollution, said the organisation would embark on the comprehensive survey in six area councils of the FCT.
He listed the councils to include Bwari, Abaji, Kwali, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Council.
He said that though the organisation was gathering dry and wet season data, preliminary report available to it showed that the level of air pollution in the FCT was high.
Okobia explained that from the preliminary study, the major air pollutant in the FCT was carbon-monoxide from vehicles, motorcycles, heavy duty trucks, fuel woods and generating plants.
He also attributed the high level of air pollution in the areas to use of fire wood for cooking especially in Abaji area council.
The chairman said the data gathered would be forwarded to the appropriate quarters for proper analysis and policy formulation.
“In developed countries, what we are doing now, they do it on daily basis with equipment mounted all over the place.
“What we are trying to do is to check the whole pollution level in the FCT and nothing like this has been done in the country.
“The organisation is also doing a survey at the Jabi Lake to analyse the extent to which the water has been polluted.
“We want to also analyse the causes of these pollution and the pollutants because this will help the government tackle pollution menace in the country, “ he said.
The chairman appealed to the Federal Government to engage the services of environmental experts to gather and develop air and water pollution data in the country.
NAN reports that NES, which is a foremost environmental advocacy non-governmental organisation in the country, was established in 1985.
The organisation is saddled with the responsibility of promoting environmental science and engineering in theory and practice. (NAN)