The Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Iziaq Salako has emphasised the importance of using environmentally friendly vehicles, such as electric and compressed natural gas vehicles, to reduce emissions and promote clean energy.
Salako expressed his views during a recent official visit by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Sector Command, led by Corps Commander Chorrie Isah Muta’a and his team to the minister’s office in Abuja.
The minister highlighted that vehicle emissions are a significant challenge to ensuring a secure and sustainable environment. He stressed the need for vehicles to be in good working condition to minimise emissions. Salako called on the commission to intensify its efforts in raising awareness, educating motorists, and enforcing emission control measures.
Salako also assured the commandant of his ministry’s commitment to collaborating with the commission to enhance road safety. He emphasized the importance of timely dissemination of information about adverse weather conditions that could affect motorists.
Earlier, Muta’a, underscored the significance of the courtesy visit for fostering effective collaboration. He emphasized that environmental issues play a crucial role in the commission’s operations.
Muta’a pointed out that educating and informing road users and the general public about weather conditions and flood-prone areas required close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and its agencies.
He noted that environmental factors were one of the common causes of road accidents, alongside human and mechanical factors. This concern drove the commission to seek partnerships with the ministry and its agencies to fulfill its mandate effectively.
A statement issued by the ministry’s head of press and public relations unit, Ibrahim Haruna conveyed congratulations to the minister on his appointment by President Bola Tinubu.