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Nigeria’s Federal Government Intensifies Fight Against E-Waste

The Federal Government yesterday said it has stepped-up measures to address the growing environmental problem caused by indiscriminate dumping of used and expired electrical and electronic appliances.

Director-General, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Dr Ngeri Benebo, said this while briefing newsmen in Abuja, on the Agency's plan to host an international conference on e-Waste control, adding that government is seeking to discourage Nigerians from buying used electrical/electronics products, because of its serious health and environmetal implications.

She said though there are no laws prohibiting importation of near-end-of-life and end-of-life electronic appliances, unsustainable disposal of these products pose not just a threat to the environment, but also to human health.

She said the Federal Government responded to the growing problems posed by e-Waste by setting up an inter-agency committee to proffer solutions to the menace.

According to her, initial studies made by the agency on complaints about the toxic waste showed that our markets is fast becoming dumping ground for used electrical and electronic products, which generates toxic e-waste materials.

"We are mounting enlightement campaigns to let Nigerians know the serious health and environmental hazards posed by continued use of these products. We do not want to commence enforcement of the affected law without letting people involved know the implications of their actions. We want first to get Nigerians enlightened and educated on the problem before embarking on enforcement," she said.

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