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We will seek legal framework for end of life products, says Shasore


Olasupo Shasore SANThis year’s Kuramo conference aims to come up with legal framework to create end of life legislation for some products in Nigeria. That is the submission of the former attorney general and commissioner for Justice in Lagos, Mr Olasupo Shasore SAN.

He expressed the view while responding to questions at the Earth day colloquium 2015 organised in Lagos last Thursday. The conference which was organised in conjunction with Resource Innoation and Solutions Network Nigeria (RISNN) is titled “Solution for a sustainable future”.

Shasore said: “When we founded Kuramo conferences five years ago, we dedicated it to law and development. There is a nexus between law and development.

We believe that exchange of knowledge can bring improvement. So, we have this conference to exchange ideas. Sustainability is about reordering the way we live in order to manage our resources in a way that they can replenish and enjoy those resources for a sustainable period of time.

We cant create the order without creating a framework. We cant create the framework if we dont know what the practices all over the world are. We don’t have a legislation that creates a cut off time for end of life of a vehicle at which period the vehicle must be recycled.

We dont have legislations that designate use of batteries on telephones and inverters because they are hazardous. If you dont dispose them well, it becomes a problem.” RISNN director, Dr. Olufemi Olarewaju noted that Kuramo conference has the agenda to drive development and sustainability.

According to him, the platform which they represent is to through the private sector bring to attention the environmental implications to business activities.

We are asking businesses to try to put more understanding into the new type of activities that are required for sustainble development like clean energy. So you take the public sector and the private sector together to discuss these issues”, he stated adding that they would seek for a legal framework “because our borders have become so porous that all manner of items come in.”

He queried why a vehicle which has been condemned in another country should be brought to us freely. “So you found out that in our situation most of the times, the laws are in the books”, he declared.

In the same vein, the managing director of Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) Mr. Ola Oresanya who had presented a paper tiled : “Data utilization as strategic imperative for future of wast management in Lagos; the LAWMA experience”, said his agency has 65 centres under its buy back programme where young men are paid for gathering nylon papers. “

We are working to draw legal frame work. But before you draw the legal framework, there must be empirical facts. It must be based on facts. End of life is defined within each locality. What is end of life here might be the beginning of life some where else. It has to do with your standard and values”, he explained.

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