By Evelyn Usman
The Lagos State Government has sealed two e-waste factories in Opebi area of Ikeja, Lagos for allegedly operating illegally.
This is just as it has charged operators of e-waste factories in the state to register their facilities by applying for operational permit, or face same fate as those sealed.
The sealed factories situated at 19, Sule Abuka, street Opebi Lagos and 15 Adekunle Fajuyi, Government Reserved Area ikeja, respectively, are managed by Chinese nationals.
The action would not have been unconnected with the arrest of two Chinese nationals last week, by policemen at the Area ‘F’ command, who were operating an illegal e-waste factory.
General Manager of LASEPA, Engr. Ayodele Antonio, said that the foreign nationals engage in handling, recycling and transporting electronic devices to Asia countries without operational permit, adding that it contravened the Lagos State Environmental Management and Protection Law, Part V1 of 2017.
He lamented that despite several warnings and advocacies towards operational engagement, the foreign operators had remained nonchalant.
He therefore warned that nobody would be allowed to operate in the state without valid documentation, noting that “obtaining permit before operation is sacrosanct and cannot be negotiated based on the environmental implication on the environment if unprofessionally managed.
“The State has developed effective and appropriate technology for safe management of handling, storing, recovery, recycling transporting, controlling, treatment and disposal of E-waste materials. Operators of the trade are advised to avail themselves of the opportunities provided by the State government in order to safe guide the environment and consistently promote the social and economic growth of the state without compromising the environment, health welfare, protection of property and quality of life of all.
“There is no hidden place for violators as the agency will comb all the nooks and crannies of the state to maintain orderliness and sanity in the area of E-Waste management and other environmental related issues”.