Govt Plans New Laws to Check Dumping of E-Waste in Nigeria

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The Federal Government said it will soon enact new laws that will regulate the importation and dumping of end-of life electrical/electronic equipment into the country to check the harmful effects of e-waste on the environment.

The Director-General of the National Environmental Standards Regulatory and Enforcement Agency(NESREA), Dr. Ngeri Benebo disclosed this shortly after delivering a lecture at the Joseph Babalola University in Osun State. "The regulations cut across several sectors including; electrical/electronic equipment, telecommunications sector as well as to establish more effective mode of prosecution of culprits arrested for dumping toxic waste", she said.

According to the DG, the regulations are currently being drawn-up with the help of scientists and experts from the universities and would soon be ready for implementation before the end of this year.

She explained that the commencement of these regulatory frameworks will depend on when the agency concludes the drafting of the measures which is being done in collaboration with experts in the universities.

"What we are doing is that we invited professionals from within and outside Nigeria as well as other related agencies to look at the regulations and offer suggestions so that it would be able to achieve the desired purpose. I can assure you that before the year ends, the new regulations would be ready", she said. The NESREA boss disclosed that her agency has invited experts from (a University) in the United Kingdom to come and train their technicians on how to recycle the end-life used computers, mobile telephone handsets and other similar electronic equipments.