The Director-General of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Prof. Aliyu Jauro, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 2022 ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue slated for Thursday, December 8, in Lagos.
Disclosing this, the organisers through the Group Executive Editor, ITREALMS Media, Mr. Remmy Nweke, said they are glad to have Prof Jauro to keynote this year’s event with the theme: e-Waste: Recycle It All, No Matter How Small!.
A letter to this effect by the Director, Inspection and Enforcement, Mr. Isa Abdussalam for the office of the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of NESREA, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, confirmed the DG’s resolve to participate at the 2022 ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue, scheduled to hold at Adam’s Hall, Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos by 9am, Thursday, December 8.
Nweke revealed that Prof Jauro will use the opportunity to share some insights on what NESREA is doing and the future of recycling it all, no matter how small! In the country’s contest, when delivering his keynote address.
ITREALMS Media Inc, he said, is holding the event in commemoration of the International E-waste Day (IeWD) 2022, under its flagship ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue.
Nweke, who also is the editor-in-chief, ITREALMS Media group, noted, “Nigeria is principally hampered by the Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) with estimated 1.1 million tonnes of e-waste annually arising from both local and imported Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) under the guise of second hand or fairly used products”.
He emphasised that this year’s commemoration of the International E-Waste Day focuses on small, end-of-life electrical and electronic appliances which present a significant challenge with items such as cell phones, electric toothbrushes, toasters and cameras often discarded incorrectly.
Recalling that in 2019, the United Nations (UN) estimated that over 22 million tonnes of small e-waste were produced worldwide, which accounts for some 40 per cent of the 57 million tonnes of all e-waste arising globally.
Besides, he said, “the objective of ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue is to examine the challenges and opportunities of end-of-life of electrical and electronics equipment that enables connectivity, especially on mobile computing devices; bringing together various manufacturing and recycling companies, so as to raise awareness and exchanging knowledge of this complex waste stream. That will provoke thought and support the small and medium industries and invariably propel growth”.
ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue also targets stakeholders involved in the management of business-to-business (B2B) infrastructure WEEE, especially from industry – including NCC and NESREA, ALTON, ATCON, CPN, NCS, EPRON members; international organisations, academic networks, subscriber groups, and telecom media etc.
“We invite you and your esteemed organisation to collaborate with us in the 2022 ITREALMS e-Waste Dialogue as we look forward to your presentation on Recycle it all for e-governance.”
The update has become necessary due to the importance of tackling electronic waste, as the country attained 20 years of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), which paved way for the influx of electronic devices and its usage in Nigeria.
Nweke also said that the Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) emanates from the likes of mobile phones, computers, TV-sets and fridges among others. Adding that electronic devices have become a set of the fastest growing waste streams across the globe.
The editor-in-chief of ITREALMS Media, organisers of the E-Waste Dialogue cited a recent UNEP report which showed that in 2015 alone, Nigeria had 56,000 tonnes of imported e-waste; in 2017, this figure increased to 288,000 tonnes; over four times higher than two years earlier.