Brian Holu, Representative of the United Nations Environment Programme, disclosed that more than one million air conditioners were sold annually in Nigeria, stating that it brings about extra expenses on energy bills.
The Federal Government reacted by issuing warnings to relevant agencies to stop the importation of sub-standard air conditioners and refrigerators with any energy efficiency ratio below internationally acceptable performance.
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Adeleke Mamora, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, revealed this at the National Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop on Energy Efficient and Climate-Friendly Cooling in Nigeria held in Abuja on Thursday.
Mamora was responding to the United Nations Environment Programme representative Brian Holuj’s announcement; he said Nigeria’s economic size and global warming have made it a viable destination for cooling devices such as air conditioners and refrigerators.
The Minister urged relevant agencies such as the Nigeria Customs Service and Standard Organization of Nigeria to be alive to their responsibilities to avoid the economic calamity of the country becoming a dump site.
“The customs, Standard Organization of Nigeria, and other relevant agencies need to be alive to their responsibilities and ensure that Nigeria does not become a dumping ground, where you just bring in all sorts of products that are not in line with what we expect by way of standards,” the Minister stated.
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