NGO Campaigns against Improper E-waste Management in Nigeria

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Chiemelie Ezeobi

E-waste Relief Foundation (ERF), Nigeria’s first Non-Governmental Organisation focused on tackling the electronic-waste (e-waste) crisis, has set out to create enlightenment on the dangers of improper e-waste management.

The ERF made this discloure during its recently held inaugural meeting of its board of trustees at Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja, adding that its focus is on using technology to tackle this in accordance with international environmental standards.

According to the NGO, they are focused on tackling the electronic-waste crisis not just within the country, but also in the West African region.

Mr. Ifeanyi Ochonogor, the President of the NGO in his speech, said that there is a great need for a foundation, driven by the passion to aid, in solving the e-waste problems within the country and beyond. He stated further that the ERF is charged with the task of educating people on the dangers of improper e-waste management, as well as enlightening them on the right solutions that are available to stop the crisis at hand.

“It is in making people understand the threats we face, that they see reasons to join in the process of putting an end to the e-waste challenges that beset us,” Ochonogor pointed out.

Quoting a recent report published by the United Nations (UN) forecasts that global electronic waste is likely to increase to 50 million metric tonnes (Mt) in 2018, he said it was not good news, especially considering Nigeria alone generates about 1.1million tonnes of e-waste annually.

He said, “But to put it in the right perspective, it is important for there to be an understanding of what e-waste is. E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their useful life.
“Discarded computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products and they pose a threat to the environment.

“Thus, it is only in enlightening the people on the e-waste crisis, and training the informal handlers on standards of operation, that Nigeria can successfully tackle its electronic waste issues.”
Speaking further on the mandate of the ERF, Ochonogor stressed that the establishment of the institution has ushered in a new era, one filled with hope and an assurance that the e-waste crisis within Nigeria and even around West Africa will be tackled headlong.

He added that it was only in enlightening the people on the e-waste crisis, and training the informal handlers on standards of operation, that Nigeria can successfully tackle its electronic waste issues.
The ERF inaugural meeting held on the World NGO Day, also had Ifeanyi Boniface Ochonogor, Professor Oladele Osibanjo, other members of the board and invited guests in attendance.