A bustling computer market in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, on July 24 was allowed to stay in business after pledging to dispose of its dangerous waste properly, traders and officials said. "We have resolved the problem with the government. The market is in full session now," John Oboro, assistant general secretary of Computers and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN), said. Lagos environment commissioner Tunji Bello, for his part, said: "The dealers have met us with a promise to do the right thing. We are giving them the benefit of the doubt."

The Ikeja computer market trades mostly in imported secondhand computers, prompting fears of health and environmental hazards because of substances contained in them such as lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, and brominated flame-retardants. Last week, Bello gave the traders seven days to clean up the market or face indefinite closure.

Middle East Times