Ms. Mary Beth Leonard, United States Ambassador to Nigeria

US Consulate launches air-quality monitors to track pollution in Lagos, Abuja

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As part of her country’s contribution to Nigeria’s efforts at protecting the environment and improving human health and wellbeing, Ms. Mary Beth Leonard, United States Ambassador to Nigeria, has launched Air Quality Monitor to link the West African country to air quality index information and health messaging from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The US Consulate-General in a statement Monday, January 25, 2021, said that the monitor would supply data to the ZephAir app.

Leonard expressed optimism that the new equipment will enhance the Consulate’s capacity to provide reliable data on air quality.

As regards the US commitment to environmental sustainability in the country, Ms. Leonard stated: “Through a team effort, we have successfully procured air quality monitors for Embassy Abuja and Consulate Lagos through the Greening Diplomacy Initiative’s Department of State’s Air program.

“This will strengthen our ability to collect and share reliable data on air quality as it corresponds to the time of the day and the seasons of the year.

“We are proud to contribute to Nigeria’s efforts to protect the environment and improve human health.

“The Mission will continue to promote environmental policies that balance environmental protection and economic growth.”

The US Department of State’s 65 -plus air quality monitors, which are housed at US Embassies and Consulates across the world, are made in the United States to Environmental Protection Administration specifications, as delineated by the Clean Air Act, the statement noted.

It added: “Nigeria now hosts one monitor each in the US Embassy, Abuja and the US Consulate General, Lagos.”

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