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e-Waste impact: NCC seeks more collabo with MDAs - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is seeking more collaborations with other federal government agencies to stem the impact of electronic waste in the country, reports ITREALMS.
The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta gave this indication on Monday at virtual World Conference on World Consumer Rights Day 2021 with the theme “Tackling Plastic Pollution.


Responding to ITREALMS question on the efforts of NCC to curtail the impact of second-hand mobile devices at the ports of entry, Prof. Danbatta promptly directed relevant units in NCC to open more windows for further collaboration to ensure Nigerian telecom consumers get the best for their money.

He also recalled a few initiatives of the commission in order to spotlight how NCC’s vision interconnects with the international consumer rights movement.

According to him, NCC in reconnecting with the theme for this year’s celebration, disclosed they are concluding processes to issue the relevant regulation on Electronic Waste.

NCC, he said, is mindful of the fact that many ICT and telecom devices have plastic components, whose waste materials could worsen plastic pollution.

“In other words, we reckon that improper disposal of such disused ICT-plastic embedded products have grave implication on public health, and especially in achieving Goals 11, 12 and 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030,” he told 
ITREALMS.

Awareness and engage, he said, were made to both the state and non-state actors on the global plastic pollution crisis, stressing this came some three years after the NCC drafted the Nigerian Communications Industry E-Waste Regulations in 2018.

“The objective of the regulation is to manage E-Waste; promote reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery; improve environmental management system of operators in the telecom industry; and reduce greenhouse emissions as well as enhance sustainable development efforts,” he said.

Reiterating that NCC is consumer-centric regulator, EVC noted that that recently, the Commission, worried by the recurrent cycle of fraudulent deployment of fake and substandard mobile devices – usually made of iron and plastic components, collaborated with the Office of the National Security Adviser and other relevant government agencies to inaugurate a committee to implement Mobile Devices Management Systems (DMS).

“This initiative is designed as a Public-Private Partnership aimed at combating the proliferation of fake, counterfeit, substandard and cloned communication devices in the telecommunications industry. The expected result of this initiative is that, only genuine materials malleable to enduring usage are available for consumer use,” Danbatta declared.

In addition, NCC he said, implemented a strict type-approval process that ensures all equipment used in the telecommunications industry are of a suitable standard, both for the good of the consumers and for the preservation of our environment.

Chuks Egbune/Editor

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