By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, (NESREA)and Nigerian Customs Service (NSC) said collaborating with each other have successfully reduced incidences of wild life trafficking and importation of hazardous waste in the country.
The Director General of NESREA, Prof Aliyu Jauro made the disclosure when he paid a courtesy call to the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd),recently in Abuja.
Prof. Jauro said the partnership will further strengthen intelligence exchange between the two organizations.
While commending the NSC for the role it playing in ensuring that NESREA’s achieved its mandate, adding that adequate information on suspects and trafficked goods and products were also necessary for onward transmission to INTERPOL and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, CITES.
He added that NESREA had launched the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)Programme, to tap into the gains of e-waste by “gradually moving towards Circular Economy where waste is fed back into the system for other production processes resulting in zero or minimal waste”.
Prof. Jauro also said, “considering the volume of e-waste generated in the country and the need to use waste as a resource to grow the economy, it is expected that a lot of green jobs will be created along the waste value chain, providing employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.”
Responding,the Comptroller General of the NSC Col. Hammed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) described it as embarrassing that the country was being used as a transit for illegal trade in endangered wildlife.
“There is need for us to tighten this noose and make sure these things do not come in and they do not go out. We can do that by collaborating on intelligence.”
According to him, the Inter-Agency cooperation between NESREA and customs has enabled several seizures of both live and dead wildlife specimens with the suspects successfully prosecuted. It has also enabled the Agency to apprehend illegal shipment of hazardous waste (electronic waste) under the INTERPOL Environmental Crime Working Group.