National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency
The Director General of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, NESREA, Dr. Lawrence Anukam says the Extended Producer Responsibility Programme being championed by the Agency would help in tackling the problem of E-waste in the Country.
In a goodwill message at Person –in – Port (PiP) project organized by the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the African Region in partnership with United Nations University recently in Lagos, Dr. Anukam listed other strategies by the Agency to tackle e-waste to include, development of appropriate Sector Regulations, aligning with INTERPOL on environmental crimes, encouraging establishment of recycling plant in Nigeria, among others.
The Person-in-Port (PiP) project was flagged off in 2015 with the aim of gathering data on the importation of Used Electrical Electronic Equipment (UEEE) and E-waste into Nigeria through the Lagos Port, identify the types, amounts of UEEE and E-waste, country of origin, functionality status, packaging, labeling, transportation and their fate on arrival.
In a related development, the DG of NESREA has said the role of the government in the EPR process is to provide a level playing field and enforce the provisions of the Regulations.
Dr. Anukam who made the disclosure at an Executive Session on the Implementation of EPR in the Electrical/ Electronic Sector explained that NESREA will not be directly involved in the fee charging structure of the programme. He added that the present administration remains committed to making the decade of sustainable consumption and productivity a success.
Ahead of the implementation of the EPR, the DG also held a meeting with stakeholders in the Food and Beverage Sector under the aegis of Food & Beverage Recycling Alliance. He charged them to work within the timelines set to achieve the formal take off of the programme.