By Celestine Okafor (Editor-in-Chief)
The 2021 edition of the ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue has been slated to hold at Adam’s Hall, Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos by 9 am.
This is coming as the 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) are warming up among other members of stakeholders for the dialogue on December 9, 2021.
Editor-in-Chief of ITREALMS Media Group, Mr. Remmy Nweke, disclosed these in Lagos on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. He said the update has become necessary due to the importance of tackling electronic waste as the country attained 20 years of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) which paved the way for an influx of electronic devices and usage in Nigeria.
Nweke also said the Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) emanates from the likes of mobile phones, computers, TV-sets, and fridges among other electronic devices, have become a set of fastest-growing waste streams across the globe.
Nigeria, he noted, is particularly burdened by the WEEE with an estimated 1.1 million tonnes of e-waste annually arising from both local and imported Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) under the guise of secondhand or fairly used.
ITREALMS Media, organizers of the E-Waste Dialogue cited a recent UNEP report which 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, he said, underscored the need for a massive and sustained campaign of Nigerians on e-waste and its likely effects when disposed of wrongly.
According to him, experts have been assembled to give a roadmap on e-Waste in Nigeria: The consumer as key to a circular economy with a focus on 20 years of GSM.
The Editor-in-Chief of ITREALMS, said the commemoration of the International E-waste Day (IeWD) 2021, is hosting a day discourse on e-Waste in Nigeria: Consumer as key to Circular Economy & 20 years of GSM” under its flagship ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue scheduled for Thursday, December 9, at the Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos".
Stressing the importance of raising awareness and exchanging knowledge of this complex waste stream, Nweke said it would provoke thought and support the transition to a sustainable society and circular economy as the nation looks forward to the full implementation of the fifth-generation (5G) networks. NNL.