OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday urged Nigerians to install carbon monoxide detectors in their cars, houses, and offices in other to preserve their lives from hazardous effects.

The admonition of the red chamber followed a motion by Senator Gbolahan Dada (APC, Ogun) on the need to encourage the use of carbon monoxide detectors in Nigeria.

Speaking on his motion, Dada revealed that apart from deaths occurring due to security challenges in the country, many Nigerians are also losing their lives to the deadly effect of carbon monoxide from motor vehicles, houses, offices, and factories.

He described carbon monoxide as “a silent killer” as it has no smell, taste or sound to enable persons inhaling it to detect.

“It was reported in ThisDay newspaper edition of 5th September, 2018 that a family of six in Igboetche community, Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State lost their lives to generator fumes, a component of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“At the moment, there is nothing on ground to create awareness on the devastating effect of carbon monoxide most especially in work places and factories where innocent workers are exposed to this killer almost on daily basis,” he said.

Besides calling on Nigerians to adopt the use of carbon monoxide detectors, the red chamber also directed the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Federal Ministry of Information, and Federal Ministry of Labour to create awareness through Radio, Television, Newspapers and mass media on the use of the detectors.

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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank. Also, his writing on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.


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