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E-waste: CITAD Urges NESREA To Regulate Second-Hand Goods Importation

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Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has called on National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to regulate the importation of second-hand goods into Nigeria to ensure that they are safe for use by meeting standard health provisions.

Executive Director, of the Center Engineer Y.Z Ya’u, made the called at a stakeholders meeting on E-waste and circular economy in Kano.

He stated this in a presentation titled “Circular Economy in the Digital Tech Sector, of where he lamented that ”we live in a linear world where we extract raw materials, process and consume them without transformation or circularity”.

He expressed fears that ”without circularity, the extracted materials we consume will keep reducing while our population continues to grow. As such, with time, when we dig, we won’t have anything to extract”.

According to Ya’u, the transformation of e-waste into usable devices would not only protect people’s health, but would also create wealth for societies and people would be gainfully employed to improve the nation’s economy.

He stressed that the mindset of producers to produce gadgets like tv, radio, laptops, etc. with short lifespans needs to be shifted to longer lifespans in order to reduce e-waste in communities.

The center then urged government regulatory bodies and stakeholders to raise awareness on managing and transforming e-waste as well as to identify designated areas for dumping e-waste for ease of collection by transformers

In an opening remark, Chairman of the occasion, Mal. Umar Saleh Anka, said the purpose of the meeting was to brainstorm strategies for deploying a refurbished way of dealing with e-waste and circular economy.

An e-waste expert, Auwal Yunusa, CEO of Hero Ventures, presented on the challenges of e-waste in Nigerian communities. He revealed that Nigeria is the highest purchaser of used goods globally, which has led to a rapid increase in the consumption of electronic devices. This, in turn, has created a challenge of e-waste disposal, as there is limited infrastructure for collection and transportation of e-waste.

Yunusa also highlighted the environmental and health hazards associated with e-waste.

He explained that e-waste contains harmful substances such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which can be released into the environment if not properly disposed of.

This can pollute the air, water, and soil, and can also cause health problems such as cancer, respiratory problems, and neurological disorders

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