The federal government has announced plans to commence the National Vehicular Emission Control Programme, which aims to check air pollution from automobile engines, next month.
The NVECP, which was inaugurated about a year ago, would be jointly enforced by four agencies of the Federal Government namely: the Nigeria Police, Vehicle Inspection Office, Federal Road Safety Corps and the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).
NESREA, which is the main agency behind the initiative, stated that the programme would help address the concern of vehicular emission caused by the increasing number of old automobiles that ply Nigerian roads.
The Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, NESREA, Dr. Lawrence Anukum, said the agency would spearhead the programme and noted that the Federal Government promulgated the National Environmental Control of Vehicular Emission Regulation of 2011 with the aim of controlling air pollution.
Anukum explained that the programme was part of the implementation of NESREA’s regulation on vehicular emission and this was based on the Federal Government’s directive.
While noting that the first set of vehicular emission testing stations would start operating in the Federal Capital Territory within the next one month, he added that the programme would soon spread to other parts of the country.