No fewer than 22,500 children according to the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), died of air pollution in the previous year.
The agency revealed this in its latest report on the impact of air pollution on the health of Lagosians, Naija News understands.
Having acknowledged that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu‘s led government had been deliberate and proactive in its resolve to deliver clean air and a sustainable environment to the citizens, LASEPA said the reported figures of the deceased children was 75 per cent of 30,000 people who died in 2021 over air pollution.
In his remark about the official kick-off ceremony for the “EKO Clean Air” project on Saturday in Lagos, the General Manager, LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, said that upon resumption, governor Sanwo-Olu prioritised health and the environment in the administration’s THEMES agenda“ because there is no good health without a good environment.
He said: “Eko for Clean Air is preaching prosperity, good health, increased GDP and increased productivity for the people of Lagos State.
“We are currently in the Itedo community and the response has been mind-blowing.
“We did an Air Quality Study before this intervention and we also did something called the K-A-P: Knowledge, Attitude and Practices and we realised that a lot of people did not know the effects of air pollution on health.
“So, our coming here to preach clean energy and recycling, the people are excited and they are committed to partnering with the government on the project.”