By Prince Okafor
A delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to adopt a national electronic-waste, e-waste, policy to aid the control of illicit importation of Used Electrical Electronic Equipment (UEEE) into the country.
This is coming against the background of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO, report that, about 1.1 million tonnes of e-waste (mostly PCs, air-conditioners, LCD-TVs, mobile phones, refrigerators) is generated in Nigeria annually, with about 40 percent generated within Lagos.
Also, the e-waste statistics of 2018, a report that is jointly financed by the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, stated that, around 60,000 tonnes of UEEE were imported into Nigeria in 2015 and 2016 through containers without vehicles and with roll-on-roll-off imported vehicles most of which functionality rate averaged 19 percent.
Commenting on the report at the second edition of the Dialogue on Waste Management in Nigeria, Dr. Marc Lucassen, Delegate of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria appealed to the respective authorities to adopt a national e-waste policy which will help to curb illicit importation of used electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE) into the country, regulate disposal and treatments of e-waste, and provide incentives to spur foreign direct investment in the capital-intensive e-waste sector in Nigeria.