E-squander: FG to execute GEF program, targets 300 tons squander end

The Federal Government on Monday said its Global Environmental Facility (GEF) usage would focus on the end of 300 tons of e-squander from the climate in the main quarter of 2021.

Prof. Aliyu Jauro, Director-General, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), said this while pronouncing open a four-day preparing on e-squander the board in Lagos.

The subject of the preparation is: “Executable Building Program for Enforcement Officers and Value Chain for the EPR on the Circular Economy; Approaches for Electronic Sector in Nigeria”.

Jauro pointed out that GEF implementation programme would begin January 2021 in Lagos.

He said that there would be training on Extended Producer Responsibility Programme (EPR) to help reduce the adverse impact of e-waste on life and the environment.

Jauro said that Lagos was chosen as the pilot state for GEF implementation due to its major role in the influx of e-waste in the country.

“The Federal government is at the verge of contributing its counterpart fund to UNEP to facilitate the advancement of the programme in the country.

“This programme is a well-thought-out one to empower our foot soldiers and stakeholders on the value chain toward environment-friendly conduct in their operations for both new and used electronics and electrical items.

“GEF has 183 member nations and the zeal at which Federal Government and others are pursuing this programmes signify that good environment is life and its sustainability is everyone responsibility,” he said.

Jauro said that in order to achieve the target, the agency will partner with others in establishing e-waste collection centres in every Local Government Area.

He said that the GEF execution projects would be extended to different states for all out administration and reusing.

Jauro lamented that the amateurish treatment of e-squander had caused the world and Nigeria specifically incredible harm that would cost a fortune to address.

Dr Oludayo Dada, Consultant to GEF usage program, said that helpless treatment of e-squander by quacks had raised worry on the security of human environment in Nigeria.

As per him, EPR is a decent program that will put the obligation of e-squander on the maker until the finish of the life expectancy of such waste.

He said that Nigeria and the worldwide body had guidelines on this, adding that distributing serviceable modalities of requirement was the point of convergence.

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