UNDP Chooses RIVPOLY As Centre For Good Practice

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As part of efforts to check the continued emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere and avoid further depletion of the ozone layer, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has chosen the Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori as a special centre in Nigeria to foster good practices in refrigeration through the recovery and recycling of harmful gases, usually emitted into the atmosphere by repairers of refrigerators and air-conditioners.

According to the UNDP, the choice of RIVPOL Y to handle the technical assignment is based on the competence of the polytechnic in Refrigeration Engineering as demonstrated by a frontline refrigeration engineer and lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the polytechnic, Mrs Charity Kpabep, who has attracted international and national attention to the polytechnic.

To fully establish the centre for Good Practice in Refrigeration in RIVPOLY, the UNDP recently invited the Rector of the polytechnic, Prof. T. G. Sokari and Mrs. Charity Kpabep to Lagos to take delivery of some state-of-the-art refrigeration equipment for the recovery and recycling of harmful gases that are usually emitted into the atmosphere during the repair of refrigerators and air-conditioner.

Speaking while presenting the equipment to the polytechnic, the UNDP Coordinator of Good Practices in Refrigeration in Nigeria, Dr T B Omotoso restated the importance of protecting the ozone layer from further depletion, and urged repairers of refrigerators and air-conditioners to adhere to the good practices demonstrated at various workshops organised by UNDP in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment in order to achieve the overall objective of protecting the environment.