Federal Government, FG, has vowed to protect the Ozone layer and carry out a sustained enlightenment campaigns on the importance of ozone layer in protecting life on earth from the harmful effects of UltraViolet, UV, radiation.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede, disclosed this yesterday in an event to commemorate international day for the preservation of the Ozone layer and 30th anniversary of the Vienna Convention on the protection of the Ozone layer in Abuja.
Mede said that ozone depletion affects not only human health but also food production and life-supporting ecosystems and added that the objectives set for both the Vienna Convention and Montreal protocol are for parties to promote cooperation through systematic observations, research and information exchange on the effects of human activities on the Ozone layer and adopt measures that will help to phase out the use of Ozone Depleting Substances, ODS.
The Permanent Secretary said the effects of the outstanding implementation of the Montreal Protocol on human health were beginning to be quantified with at least 100 million cases of skin cancer expected to have been avoided by the end of this century.
She revealed that many millions of extra cataracts may also have been prevented by 2100.
Mede also said that up to 2 million cases of skin cancer may be prevented every year by 2030 and significant adverse effects on agriculture, wildlife, fisheries and materials may have been avoided.
She said before Nigeria became party to Montreal Protocol, the country had a baseline consumption of over 4000 Metric Tons, MT of ODS, substantially Chlorofluorocarbons, CFCs used in various industrial applications including Domestic, commercial and Industrial Refrigeration and Air conditioning, flexible and Rigid insulation foam and others such as Aerosol propellants and cleaning agents.
Mede added that today Nigeria has successfully met the set target date of 1st of January 2010 for the complete phase out of CFCs, Halons, Carbon Tetrachloride, CTC and Methyl Bromide.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that the International Ozone Day is an annual event that commemorates the date of the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal protocol, MP, on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.


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