30,000 died of air pollution in Lagos – LASEPA
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has disclosed that air pollution has been responsible for over 30,000 premature deaths in Lagos in 2021.
This was revealed in a document made available to journalists by the agency on Sunday.
LASEPA, in the document, noted that an initiative themed, ‘Eko Clean Air,’ has been organised by the agency to tackle air pollution and it identified the transportation sector as the highest contribution to air pollution.
It read, “ECA is an advocacy and behavioural modelling driving initiative which leverages a pan-stakeholder, bottom-up and inclusive model, towards raising the level of awareness, pro-action, and collaboration for monitoring and mitigating air pollution in Lagos.
“Air pollution is responsible for over 30, 000 premature deaths in Lagos in 2021. This is why we are piloting various projects under this framework towards achieving our climate action targets and in keeping with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s mandate on environmental protection.
“The World Bank in 2018 identified the transport sector as the highest contribution to air pollution and to this end, the agency is working towards hybrid pilot bus in LASEPA, hybrid Bus Rapid Transit buses, and will collaborate with the Ministry of Transportation, Lagos Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps on the plan to clamp down on vehicular emissions.”
A source in LASEPA, added that the agency had held an advocacy walk and established six air quality monitoring stations to assess air pollution.
“We also have six air quality monitoring stations at Ikeja, Lekki, Jankara-Island, Ikorodu, Akoka and Abesan to alert for unfriendly air pollution, and aside from the awareness walk and the ECA initiative, we have also commenced aggressive advocacy, knowledge attitude and practice survey for behavioural change among residents,” the source said.
The General Manager, LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, had earlier disclosed that 22,500 children were among the 30,000 people that died, representing 75 per cent.