By Charles Mgbolu
Three media organizations in the ICT sector have begun a pioneering role to rally stakeholders who have various roles to play in ensuring that the Nigerian environment is free from pollution from ICT tools and infrastructure to a workshop that will shape developments and policies in various areas.
The media organizations are the African Independent Television (AIT), eWorld Magazine, and Know How Media who are collaborating to host the first all-encompassing conference on ICT and the Nigerian environment.
The pursuit of greener and healthier environment is a topical issue in the global arena and no effort is too much to ensure the right awareness is created and effective and efficient policies are articulated to achieve the objective.
The conference, due to hold in Sheraton Lagos on July 30, 2010 will also focus on how to promote the deployment, usage and management of environmentally friendly technologies and appropriate taxation in the sector.
The conferenceâ€™s theme is: ICT and the Nigerian Environment 2010: Appropriate Taxation and Promotion of Healthy Environmentally Friendly Technologies.
The underlining call for the conference is that ICT applications, power and transportation are some of three main areas which contribute to the bulk of environmental emissions. In Nigeria the growth of ICT and its infrastructure are beginning to pose a challenge to the environment as it relates to safety, health and economic growth.
This is evident in the indiscriminate deployment of telecoms masts and antennas – local and foreign manufactured and assembled. This is coupled with the indiscriminate disposal of non-environmentally friendly computers, and other ICT applications.
Nigeria, over the years has become a dumping ground for these various ICT tools and products and Governmentâ€™s efforts to control these activities so as to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment have been minimal and largely uncoordinated.