Expert warns of looming e-waste crisis in Nigeria
Dr. Ifeanyi Ochonogor, managing director, E-Terra Technologies Limited has warned of e-waste crisis which it described as another looming crisis which consequence will also have significant health and financial impact similar to the prevailing corona pandemic.
This is as Nigeria continues to grapple with loss of lives, financial and material challenges as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.
In a statement issued he urged Nigerians to obey the authorities and adhere strictly to the stay at home order and maintain the basic hygiene of hand washing and use of sanitizers,
“in addition to other social distance regulations like the use of face masks should they have cause to go out, as the restriction eases. We must admit that these are perilous times, and as concerted efforts are made by relevant stakeholders to flatten the curve of infection and ultimately defeat this virus, we equally encourage all humanity to put their faith in science and rational behaviour rather than irrational fears and conspiracy theories” he added.
“For us as company, it has been a season of mounting tragedies. Our electronic waste Material Recovery and Recycling Facility (MRRF) located at Abule-Ado area of Lagos was badly devastated by the most recent pipeline explosion within the Abule-Ado Precincts. We have so far, committed over N5 million to the renovation of the facility as it constitutes the most essential component in our recycling value chain. Then came the pandemic and ensuing lockdown.