Anietie Udobit, Abuja
Stakeholders in the transport/mobility industry have called on governments to come up with a well-designed transport policies and infrastructure investment priorities that can lead to far reaching reductions in traffic-related health risks from air, noise pollution and injuries.
The call was made at the ongoing Africa Sustainable Urban Mobility Course, taking place in National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja from November 24-30, 2019.
The programme, which is a collaboration between stakeholders like UN Habitat, TUMI, ITDP,Urban Pathways, TGI,Transportation Commissioners Forum, AUCO, and powered by Chenuel Mobility, drawn participants from different African Nations.
In a paper titled : Air Pollution and other environmental issues from transportation as a global health challenge, presented by Iduseri Emily,on Tuesday November 26, she noted that many sustainable transport strategies to reduce climate change risks have large, immediate health benefits for the majority of the world’s population, and large equity benefits for vulnerable groups.
” The world has achieved a lot in terms of economic growth and development in the past five decades, the environment has also deteriorated within period.
” Transportation is an integral part of any city or state, and is closely related to socioeconomic changes.
” Our health is strongly influenced by air we breathe. Air pollution affects the young and the old, the rich and the poor, and people in all areas of the globe”, the paper emphasized.