Air Pollution Gulps Over $5trn Annually – FG

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The director, environmental sciences and technology department, Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Peter Ekweozoh (third from left) and the technical assistant to the ministry’s permanent secretary, Dr. Patricks Oshuma flanked by other participants during the workshop in Abuja.

The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Mrs. Monilola Udo, has said global air pollution costs the world more than $5trillion annually.

Udo, who spoke while declaring open the sensitisation workshop on the promotion of Internet of Things (IoT) for technology air quality monitoring in the environment today in Abuja, accredited the information to the World Bank.

“The Internet of Things refers to the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects enabling them to send and receive data.”

She explained that the internet of things has a lot of climate-related potential such as monitoring air quality and water quality, pointing out that it is the engine that will drive Nigeria into the much-anticipated smart city environment.

To this end, she enjoined the participants to take advantage of the workshop and policies of the ministry in research and innovation.

Earlier, the director, environmental science technology department of the ministry, Dr. Peter Ekwuozor, said that IoT is a great intervention for monitoring air quality both indoors and outdoor.

A statement, the deputy director, press and public relations, Atuoura Obed,

Ekwuozor further said that the IoT will help to develop effective policy means, control harmful emissions and, consequently, limit health burdens in the country.

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