Air Quality Monitoring in Nigeria

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There is a good reason to worry about the Air Quality in Nigerai, as it ranks 152th (out of 180 countries) at the Environmental Performance Index for Air Quality.

Furthermore, according to the most recent World Health Organization air pollution database 2016 the air quality in several cities in Nigeria reaches PM2.5 concentrations from unhealthy to hazardous levels:

CityPM2.5 Conc.PM2.5 AQIHealth ImpactYearMeausrement
Aba373
416
Hazardous20091 station, NA
Abakaliki88
168
Unhealthy20091 station, NA
Afikpo72
159
Unhealthy20091 station, NA
Enugu115
182
Unhealthy20091 station, NA
Ile-Ife103
175
Unhealthy20101 station, University campus
Kaduna423
449
Hazardous20132 stations, industrial area
Nnewi57
151
Unhealthy20091 station, NA
Nsukka117
183
Unhealthy20091 station, NA
Onitsha594
500
Hazardous20091 station, NA
Orlu52
142
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups20091 station, NA
Owerri158
208
Very Unhealthy20091 station, NA
Umuahia274
324
Hazardous20091 station, N
(Source: WHO (World Health Organization) Ambient (outdoor) air pollution database 2016)

Public Air Quality Information availability

Unfortunately, there is not any kind of information available from the Federal Ministry of the Environment (www.environment.gov.ng) about Air Quality, whether it relates to a possible monitoring network, or to the actual values recorded by this monitoring network. To our current knowledge, there should most likely not be any kind of automated monitoring network avaiable.

There is unfortunatley, not any information either from the Abuja Environmental Protection Board.

Looking at other Environmental agencies in Nigeria (source),

A schoolboy walks through smoke and fumes emitted from a waste dump in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt
(photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images, courtesy of WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health 2018)

Crowdsourcing a real Air monitoring Network that works


GAIA A12 Monitoring Station

Unless data is made available by the authorities, the World Air Quality Index project recommends to start publishing real-time data using some of the affordable air quality monitoring stations, such as the GAIA A12 (picture on the right).

If you are interested in knowing more about this initiative, or about helping to host a station, then please contact us with the form at the bottom of this page.

Forecast

Air Quality Forecast for Abuja

Stay Informed

If you want to stay informed about the Air Quality monitoring project for Nigeria,
please register with the form below:
The Nigerian Air Quality Monitoring Project - subscription form
Enter your name - eg "John Doe"
Enter your email address - eg "john.doe@mail.com"
Write few words about your request - eg:"I live in Abuja, and would like to help hosting an air quality station.", "I would like to help by hosting an monitoring station", "I would like to know the average daily air quality for the past year", ..

Other Countries

Do you want to view all the other on-going country monitoring programs?
Go to the page aqicn.org/country or click on any of the flags below:

Nigeria Egypt Philippines Cambodia Indonesia Senegal South-africa Libya Morocco Tunisia Algeria Lebanon Qatar Bangladesh Pakistan
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About the Air Quality and Pollution Measurement:

About the Air Quality Levels

AQIAir Pollution LevelHealth ImplicationsCautionary Statement (for PM2.5)
0 - 50 Good Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk None
51 -100 Moderate Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
101-150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
151-200 Unhealthy Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion
201-300 Very Unhealthy Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.
300+ Hazardous Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects Everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion

To know more about Air Quality and Pollution, check the wikipedia Air Quality topic or the airnow guide to Air Quality and Your Health.

For very useful health advices of Beijing Doctor Richard Saint Cyr MD, check www.myhealthbeijing.com blog.


Usage Notice: All the Air Quality data are unvalidated at the time of publication, and due to quality assurance these data may be amended, without notice, at any time. The World Air Quality Index project has exercised all reasonable skill and care in compiling the contents of this information and under no circumstances will the World Air Quality Index project team or its agents be liable in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss, injury or damage arising directly or indirectly from the supply of this data.



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