Linking Journalism with the Web of Life
E-waste also known as electrical and electronic equipment waste has been identified as the fastest growing waste stream in the world and projected to soon reach fifty million tonnes a year. Though it generation is estimated at thrice the rate of municipal waste.
The Director of the Basel Convention Regional Co-ordinating Centre in Nigeria Professor Oladele Osibanjo said E-waste as an emerging global issue should be taken seriously by Government of the world beacuse of the environmental and health effect it would have on the receiving countries.
A Stakeholder in Nigeria's largest market of Computer and Allied Products (COMPUTER VILLAGE) in Lagos, Mr John Obaro said the challenge of E-waste accumulation in the country can be curbed from point of entry if all relevant stakeholders synergise towards reducing E-waste in Nigeria. Mr John said Nigeria does not have the capacity to re-cycle E-waste,notwithstanding the enormous wealth that could be generated if E-waste is properly recycled. According to him pollution of underground water is one of the effect of improper disposal of E-waste which would undermine the attainment of the Millinieum Development Goal (MDG) on Africa.
My fellow bio-diversity colleaque: what is the link between E-WASTE and CLIMATE CHANGE?