Muritala Ayinla

Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) said about than 50,000 vehicles were presently running on gas in Lagos while plans were on to increase the number.

The General Manager (GM), LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, said this was part of efforts to reduce carbon emission in the state.

Fasawe spoke while hosting the management of the University of Lagos (LASU) led by the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun and the Director of the institution’s Centre for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (CESSD), Prof. Adeola Animashaun.

This was as LASU, through the CESSD, expressed its readiness to work with LASEPA on research activities for environmental sustainability and sociological development.

Fasawe said LASEPA’s partnership with the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) yielded positive results towards the reduction of carbon emission as 50,000  vehicles were presently running on gas, while plans were on the way to increase the number.

She said that LASEPA was able to encourage some firms in the state to switch to gas energy rather than diesel and petrol to protect the environment from further degradation.

The GM described the initiative of the university in partnering with the agency as a welcome development.

Fasawe added that LASEPA was already working with the World Bank to provide air monitoring stations to generate data for policy-making and global warming indices in the state.

She said: “We have also been championing the reduction of plastic waste by banning single use plastic bags on our premises, with plans of extending it to other sectors.  This move has reduced the solid waste the agency generates and indirectly saves cost.”

The LASEPA boss described the coming together of the two institutions as a good development for the people of Lagos.

According to her, the partnership will boost the activities of the agency in combating the menace of global climate change.

On his part, the LASU VC, Fagbohun, said that the university would impact the agency in terms of capacity building activities that would enable LASEPA to stay up to date with environmental trends globally.

Fagbohun also commended LASEPA for recognising the need to factor in social economy in policy making by coming up with an alternative to single use plastic.

He added that plans would be made to encourage students of LASU to adopt the use of biodegradable bags rather than single use plastic.

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