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e-Waste: ‘NESREA regulations base on life cycle approach’

e-Waste: NESREA 2011 regulation provides for EPR says DG

e-Waste: Nigeria provides regulation for EPR says DG

December 27, 2020, Lagos, Nigeria: The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has said that its 2011 regulations on Electrical/Electronic was based on life cycle approach and has provision on Extended Producer Responsibility Programme (EPR).
The Director-General of NESREA, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, made these disclosures at the 2020 ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue held at the Welcome Centre Hotels Lagos, with the theme “e-Waste in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities.”Prof. Jauro, who was represented by the Head, Lagos Port Operations, Mrs Ezinwanyi Amarachi Udechukwu, in his keynote address, said that in order to realize the agency’s mandate, NESREA had developed various National Environmental Regulations on different sectors of the economy.

“One of such is the National Environmental (Electrical/Electronic sector) Regulations 2011,” he revealed.

Pointing out that this piece of regulation was developed with the thrust to prevent and minimise pollution from all operations and ancillary activities of the electrical/electronic sector to the Nigerian environment.
On the Extended Producer Responsibility Programme (EPR), Prof. Jauro said, is a key initiative of government that mandates manufacturers, importers and distributors to take-back their end-of-life products from the environment.

“The programme is designed to evolve a process whereby the manufacturer of a product imbibes the cleaner production principles of conserving raw materials and energy by taking responsibility for the entire life cycle of the product and ensuring that waste from such products are minimized and reused in one form or the other,” he explained.

Further, he said that the operational guidelines for EPR had been developed and published, delineating responsibilities for the key sector players, namely the producers, consumers, collectors, recyclers, the Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) and the government.
“The guidelines define the procedures for manufacturers, importers, assemblers and major distributors and it explains the modalities for the implementation of the EPR programme and the target waste streams such as used batteries, e-waste, plastics, tires, chemicals, paper, etc,” Prof. Jauro said.

He equally cited an instance of the recent intervention by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which aimed at stimulating the development of a sustainable circular economy for end-of-life electronic products in Nigeria, including the treatment and management of e-waste.

This, he said, will indirectly support the E-waste Producers Responsibility Organisation of Nigeria (EPRON) established through collaboration with NESREA; to provide the enabling environment for participation of the stakeholders.
In addition, DG noted, Nigeria may have imported an estimated 15,700 tonnes of e-waste, most of which came from the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD-Tvs) containing mercury, refrigerators and air conditioners containing.

Welcoming participants earlier, the Editor-in-chief of ITREALMS Media, Mr. Remmy Nweke, noted that ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue, was initially scheduled for October 14 but due to COVID-19 lockdown and #EndSARS protest nationwide, “it had to be rescheduled to Thursday, December 17, 2020 as part of the Nigeria Internet Waste Dialogue.”

Highlighting the fact there are concerns over the waste associated with the electrical and electronic equipment coming originating from the likes of mobile phones, computers, TV-sets, and fridges to name but a few, hence ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue, aligns with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized “Internet Waste Dialogue" in commemoration of the annual International eWaste Day (IeWD).
He revealed that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) and Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) were among other stakeholders who supported the 2020 ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue.

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Photo caption: NESREA Head of Lagos Port Operations, Mrs Ezinwanyi A Udechukwu who represented NESREA DG, Prof. Jauro, delivering the keynote @ITREALMS EWaste Dialogue 2020 held at Welcome Centre Hotel, Lagos, while Executive Director, E-Waste Producers Responsibility Organisation of Nigeria (EPRON) Mrs. Ibukun Faluyi and Editor-in-chief of ITREALMS, Mr. Remmy Nweke, listen.

 

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NESREA, EPRON, NUJ commend ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue


The Director-General of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Prof. Aliyu Jauro, and Executive Secretary, E-Waste Producer Responsibility Organisation of Nigeria (EPRON), Mrs Ibukun Faluyi as well as the chairman, Lagos Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, have commended ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue, reports ITREALMS.
Pix 1: Executive Secretary, EPRON Mrs Ibukun Faluyi,
Editor-in-chief/Lead Consulting Strategist,
ITREALMS Media inc. Mr. Remmy Nweke,
Head, Port Operations Lagos, NESREA,
Mrs. Ezinwayi Udechukwu who stood in for DG, Prof. Aliyu Jauro. 

Pix2: NUJ Lagos council chairman, Adeleye Ajayi with Editor, ITREALMS, Mr. Remmy Nweke

They spoke at the 2020 ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue held at the Welcome Center Hotels, Lagos on the theme: E-Waste in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities.

For the DG, NESREA who was ably represented by the Head of Port Operations in Lagos, Mrs. Ezinwayi Udechukwu, the event is timely as the number of e-waste in the country continues to soar.

The DG in a goodwill messages commended ITREALMS Media for the ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue and looks forward to the outcome of deliberations to be made available to the agency for continuous engagement with enlarged stakeholders in the country.

The Executive Secretary, EPRON, Mrs. Faluyi on her own applauded ITREALMS Media for raising the tempo of discourse on electronic waste in the country with ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue.

This effort, she described as novel, especially coming from a media organisation like ITREALMS Media and depicts concern of the media house for a better society in Nigeria in spite of growing number of electrical electronics waste, arising from increase in use of technologies.

She noted that Nigerians depended more on technologies during the recent nationwide lockdown over the ravaging COVID-19.
Faluyi believes that awareness creation can never be enough due to demands and usage of electrical and electronic devices cannot abate.

She canvassed for more synergy between media in carrying out its fundamental function of enlightening the public and social enterprise like EPRON.

Just as she thumbed-up for the management of ITREALMS Media and partners for this stride, when ordinarily, some organisation should have chickened out that the year is about to end, mostly with the effect of COVID-19.

The Lagos NUJ council chairman, Mr. Ajayi equally added his voice to the commendation, stating that the future is bright with this stride by ITREALMS to engage the Nigeria’s populace on the positive use and disposal of e-waste.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Editor-in-chief of ITREALMS Media inc, Mr. Remmy Nweke, disclosed that they were concerned with the rise in the country which are not properly disposed of eventually.

This situation, he said, was worsened by the random importation of electrical and electronic devices into the country without consideration for the end-life of such gadgets and attendant implication to the economy and social development.

Nweke also cited for instance the latest Global E-waste Monitor 2020; a collaboration of the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which disclosed that some 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019 alone.

He noted, this figure was up by 21 per cent within other statistics of the past five years and called for caution among developing countries and Nigeria specifically given the daily rise in number of subscriber-base which stood at 285,259,320 connected lines with some 198,961,361 active and 151,063,413 active internet data subscriptions across all the Nigerian Mobile Network Operators by technology, as at July 2020, even as new devices may become the other for the day as Nigeria will soon join countries with fifth generation (5G) deployment.

He said that ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue aligns with the commemoration of the International E-waste Day (IeWD) 2020.

Nweke recollect that ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue was initially scheduled for October 14 but due to COVID-19 lockdown and #EndSARS protest nationwide, it had to be rescheduled to this day, Thursday, December 17, 2020 as part of the Nigeria Internet Waste Dialogue.

ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue was supported by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Association of Licensed Telecom Operations of Nigeria (ALTON) and Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) among others.


NUJ Lagos council chairman, Adeleye Ajayi with Editor, ITREALMS, Mr. Remmy Nweke


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The countdown has commenced for the 2020 ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue slated for Thursday, December 17, 2020 by 9am at the prestigious Welcome Center Hotels, along international airport road, Lagos, reports ITREALMS.



NCC, ALTON, IXPN back 2020 ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue

December 11, Lagos, Nigeria: The 2020 ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue has received backing from the stakeholders in the digital space, including the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Association of Licensed Telecom Operations of Nigeria (ALTON) and Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) to name a few.


The 2020 Electronic Waste (e-Waste) dialogue is being hosted by ITREALMS Media inc, publishers of ITREALMS Online in Lagos on Thursday, December 17, at the Welcome Centre Hotels, along international airport road with the theme: ‘e-Waste in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities.’
Confirming this development, the Editor-in-chief cum Lead Consulting Strategist of ITREALMS Media inc, Mr. Remmy Nweke, said some experts from the nation’s telecom apex body, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) among others are gearing up for the event to explore the theme of this year. 

This kind of backing, he said, encourages the organisation to do more in terms of bring out prevailing topical issues of interest for dissection by ICT stakeholders, including the forthcoming ITREALMS, which has become crucial issues of concern and work towards this readiness cannot be over-emphasised. 

Also, Nweke noted that the major reason behind the decision of ITREALMS Media to host the e-Waste dialogue, and has assembled experts to scrutinize the Nigeria’s burden with regards to the waste associated with the electrical and electronic equipment coming originating from the likes of mobile phones, computers, TV-sets, and fridges to name but a few. 

The burden, he said is estimated at 1.1 million tonnes of e-waste annually arising from both local and imported Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) which should worry any average stakeholder in a developing economy like Nigeria. 

The United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP), he said reported in 2015 that Nigeria had 56,000 tonnes of imported e-waste; in 2017, this figure quadrupled within two years with an increase to 288,000 tonnes. 

Additionally, ITREALMS Media inc, he said, in commemoration of the International E-waste Day (IeWD) 2020, is hosting a day discourse on e-Waste in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities under its leading ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue scheduled for Thursday, December 17, at the Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos by 9am. 

Nweke further recalled that ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue was initially scheduled for October 14 but due to COVID-19 lockdown and #EndSARS protest nationwide, it had to be rescheduled to Thursday, December 17, 2020 as part of the Nigeria Internet Waste Dialogue. 

According to him, ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue aligns with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized “Internet Waste Dialogue," in commemoration of IeWD, held annually. 

While inviting industry stakeholders to leverage ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue by participating actively he disclosed it would be held face-to-face in compliance with COVID-19 protocol, where as there are plans to concurrently host the event virtually here

He reiterated that some experts from the nation’s telecom apex body, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) among others are gearing up for the event. 



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Remmy Nweke, mNGE, mGOCOP 

Editor-in-chief 

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ITREALMS to host e-Waste Dialogue 2020

 

December 9, Lagos, Nigeria: The international multiple-award winning online publication, the ITREALMS Media is to host its 2020 Electronic Waste (e-Waste) dialogue in Lagos on Thursday, December 17 at Welcome Centre Hotels, along international airport road with the theme: ‘e-Waste in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities.’


Disclosing this, the Editor-in-chief of ITREALMS Media inc, publishers of ITREALMS Online, Mr. Remmy Nweke, said that this has become imperative as the electronics waste being generated in the country have continued to grow.


The 2020 ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue, he said would examine Nigeria’s burden with regards to the  Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) coming from the likes of mobile phones, computers, TV-sets, and fridges among other electronic devices.


“This kind of waste has become one of the fastest growing waste streams across the globe,” he declared.


Nweke pointed out that this burden estimated at 1.1 million tonnes of e-waste annually arising from both local and imported Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE).


He cited for instance, that the United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP) reported in 2015 that 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.


He stressed that as at July 2020, Nigeria had 285,259,320 connected lines with some 198,961,361 active and 151,063,413 active internet data subscriptions across all the Nigerian Mobile Network Operators by technology.


This, Nweke said is expected to grow into million tonnes of e-waste of mobile devices by end of 2021, aside the fairly used imported devices meant for cushioning digital divide.


Based on the above concerns, ITREALMS Media inc, he said, in commemoration of the International E-waste Day (IeWD) 2020, is hosting a day discourse on e-Waste in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities under its flagship ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue scheduled for Thursday, December 17, at the Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos by 9am.


Nweke further recalled that ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue was initially scheduled for October 14 but due to COVID-19 lockdown and #EndSARS protest nationwide, it had to be rescheduled to Thursday, December 17, 2020 as part of the Nigeria Internet Waste Dialogue.


According to him, ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue aligns with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized “Internet Waste Dialogue," in commemoration of IeWD, held annually.


“Thus, our objective is to examine the challenges and opportunities of end-of-life of electrical and electronics equipment that enables connectivity, especially on mobile devices; bringing together various manufacturing and recycling companies, regulatory agencies as well as service providers to elaborate on waste management challenges and opportunities in responsible recycling as data centres, 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) demands soar,” he said.

 

The full impact and regulation of materials and components critical to the digital economy is difficult to assess as the infrastructure and end-of-life management are less visible. This is true especially to individual consumers that use personal Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices supported by data centres and telecommunication networks.


Hence, raising awareness and exchanging knowledge of this complex waste stream will provoke thought and support the transition to a sustainable society and circular economy as Nigeria joins the globe to look forward to full implementation of 5G networks.


He equally invited industry stakeholders to come and share knowledge on best practices on e-Waste management in the country by examining the challenges and opportunities.

The dialogue, Nweke said, would be held face-to-face in compliance with COVID-19 protocol, even as there are plans to simultaneously host the event virtually here.

Some experts from the nation’s telecom apex body, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) among others are gearing up for the event.

 

Further inquiries:

Remmy NwekemNGE, mGOCOP

Editor-in-chief

ITREALMS Online

08023122558

 

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