Ifeanyi Ochonogor, Managing Director of E-Terra Technologies Ltd. on Thursday urged Nigerians to make collective efforts to solve the challenges associated with E-waste management in the country.
Ochonogor have the advice during a Material Recovery Facility Tour organised by E-Terra Technologies Ltd. in Lagos.
Electronic waste (e-waste) refers to the disposal of broken or obsolete electronic components and materials.
E-waste materials may be valuable and recyclable, such as random access memory and reusable laptops.
Ochonogor said that it was necessary for Nigerians to be aware and make collective efforts to reduce E-waste in the environment because it contained a lot of hazardous components.
“Globally E-waste crises have been found to be much more hazardous, pervasive because these gadgets and tools inevitably find their way into our homes offices and playground.
“Improper exposure to E-waste can result in widespread damage to the individuals, households and corporate entities.
“Also empirical studies have indisputably linked the rising prevalence of diseases like cancer, diabetes and immuno-cardiovascular diseases to exposure to E-waste materials,’’ he said.
Ochonogor said that according to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), about 1.1 million tonnes of E-waste was generated in Nigeria annually, most of which ended up with unprofessionals.
He noted that it was, therefore, essential for Nigerians to be aware of these health implications and also look for alternative ways to reduce E-waste in the country.
Also speaking, Ope Obafemi , the President of Rotary Club, Omole, Lagos, said that it was worrisome that a lot of Nigerians were unaware of the dangers inherent in careless handling of E-Waste.
He noted that because most Nigerians did not know the health implication of E-waste around the environment, they turned a blind eye to it.
Obafemi said it was, therefore, important to discuss alternative ways of managing E-Waste, particularly in healthier and safer ways, by recycling it.
“Instead of littering E-waste around the environment, it can be put into productive use by recycling to make other things that are useful,’’ he said.
Obafemi also urged the government to come up with the right policies that would enhance proper management of E-waste.
“Government should also implement policies that will encourage more private sector involvement in E-waste management,’’ he said.