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75 percent imported electronics are irreparable— Danbatta



75 percent imported electronics are irreparable--- Danbatta
Aminat Isah
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has disclosed that about 75 percent of the electronics imported into Nigeria are toxic junks and irreparable, ROYAL NEWS reports.
This was as a result result of low income and desperate quest for information.
The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Mallam Umar Danbatta stated this at the Public Inquiry on e-waste regulations and disaster recovery guidelines in Abuja on Tuesday, and said if left untreated has a very diring health consequences.
Speaking on Electronic Waste(e-waste) regulation in the telecommunications industry, Danbatta says it is necessary for telecommunications stakeholders to imbibe a proactive containment measure that will mitigate against the menace of e-waste in the sector, due to its long term hazardous health effects.
Hence the reason why the draft e-waste regulation is aimed at specifying responsibility, and it is  industry specific.
Danbatta noted that Nigeria do not need the waste of other countries, and the NCC cannot ignore the threat posed by e-waste.
“It takes 50 years for e-waste to decay, we have challenges of sachets of water. E-waste is non-degradable, it pollutes the environment, the food we eat collects substances from these wastes, and we need to protect our people from pollution that are natural and those that are man-made by being mindful of the consequences of e-waste.
” E-waste contributes 30 million tonnes of waste every year and will keep increasing. It is estimated that this waste stream spiked by about 48.5 million tonnes in 2018, and the challenge is even more dire in Africa,”
The Director Legal Services, Yetunde Akinloye while giving overview of the draft regulatory framework for management and control of e-waste in the telecommunications industry, explained that the regulation is in accordance with the standards set out by the commission.
Electronic waste (e-waste),  electrical waste or electronic equipment is a waste , including all components, subassemblies and consumables that are part of the equipment at the time the equipment becomes a waste.
E-wastes are made up of some toxic elements such as lead, mercury, lithium and other ozone depleting substances apart from as from their solid and non biodegradable nature.
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