ITRealms, NCC, EPRON, EHORECON, Others To Dialogue on E-Waste Disposal
Come December 9, 2021, at the Adam’s Hall Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Lagos, the information and communication technology stakeholders would dialogue on the best approach to dispose of electronic waste.
The editor-in-chief, ITREALMS Media group, Mr. Remmy Nweke, said the dialogue is necessary and vital in tackling electronic waste as the country attained 20 years of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), which paved the way for the influx of electronic devices and usage in Nigeria.
Nweke also said that the Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) emanates from mobile phones, computers, TV sets, and fridges, among other electronic devices, have become a set of fastest-growing waste streams across the globe.
“The WEEE particularly burdens Nigeria with estimated 1.1 million tonnes of e-waste annually arising from both local and imported Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) under the guise of second hand or fairly used.
” A recent UNEP report showed that in 2015 alone, Nigeria had 56,000 tonnes of imported e-waste; in 2017, this figure increased to 288,000 tonnes, over four times higher than two years earlier. These underscore the need for a massive and sustained campaign of Nigerians on e-waste and its likely effects when disposed of wrongly”.
Stakeholders who would dialogue on the way forward at the event include telecoms regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) and E-Waste Producer Responsibility Organisation of Nigeria (EPRON).