The federal government has warned that the pervasive air pollution problem in Port Harcourt and its environs could have serious direct and indirect implications on other parts of Nigeria if not curtailed.
It also lamented that the growing incidence of soot pollution has led to the increase cases of respiratory disease, eye problems and other ailments.
The Deputy Director of Information, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA). Mr. Oyofo Sule, in a statement issued yesterday said the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril gave the warning last week at a one-day stakeholder meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He said the problem has been a source of worry to residents and has raised serious social, economic, health and environmental concern; and the complaints associated with its settling on roof tops, floors, offices and vehicles.
The minister noted that the meeting was aimed at finding a lasting solution to the pervasive air pollution problem in Port Harcourt and environs.
He informed participants that the outcome of the meeting would greatly assist the federal government in charting a new course to bring a lasting solution to the menace.