By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Director General /Chief Executive of National Environmental Standard Regulation and Enforcement Agency ( NESERA) Prof.Aliyu Jarou said recycling e-waste will bring circular economy through creating of jobs for youths in Nigeria and those involved in the business.
Jarou made the disclosure during the celebration of 2020 international E-waste day recently in Abuja .
He said that the e-waste will be maintained in a sustainable manner for future use.
“ We continue to harvest the raw material not just using them and discarding them because someday will not have raw material, sustainability is the key”.
“So, when we do recycling, we are going to move a lot of valuable oppenents that will be channeled back in to the system for us”.
He also emphasized that the unwanted harmful parts will be disposed off in a sound Environment.
“ You see those harmful parts and heavy metals have certain concentrations that have harmful effects in the body organs like cancer among others diseases”,he said.
Speaking further, the CEO stated that Nigeria presently has been given money by the Global Environment Facilities (GEF), to have a pilot scale on the best way to approach recycling business in Nigeria.
“With the pilot project, we hope to reach and trained all those involved in the best way forward, which will be replicated in all states of federation including other African countries.
He added that there will be a lot of sensitisation for both the formal and informal e-waste recyclers to get the best approach.
Meanwhile, the international E-waste day was commemorated with quiz competition and debate by various schools.
At the end, the overall winners for the debeat was Regan Memorial Baptist Girls School,Yaba, Lagos.
“For the quiz, 1st prize winner was Oak Spring Hill, school Porthcourt, River state.2nd prize was Aliyu Academy Bauchi and 3rd prize went to PEN resources Academy Gombe state”.