The Ikeja Local Organisation of Junior Chamber Internation and E-waste Relief Foundation (ERF), a non-governmental organisation has sensitised students of the Yaba College of Technology Secondary school on the dangers and challenges of electronic waste (e-waste).
Giving his opening remark at the sensitization program that was tagged Students Sustainability and Awareness Programme (SEAP), President ERF, Dr. Ifeanyi Ochonohor said that the sensitisation would further inform the students on effective management of waste and its sustainability.
Ochonogor said that students were the key to reach out to families and friends that poor disposal of e-waste could lead to toxic effects such as lead poisoning of the air, water, food, and the environment generally.
He described the venture as an awareness creation exercise critically to bring a major understanding of the challenges and solutions of e-wastes in Nigeria and Africa.
“We targeted the students, the youth because they are key to any civilization of any country and we want to raise their level of awareness on waste management and start taking the awareness home to tell their families that there are e-waste crises,
“We are spreading the awareness of what e-waste recycling or management company should be doing and how ERF is doing to handle e-waste.
We had to take a paradigm shift to educate school heads on the dangers of e-waste so as to be able to sustain the awareness through the teacher to the student down to families and friends.
President, JCI Ikeja, Tricia Inalu said that the organisation partnered E-waste Relief Foundation to further build more campaign for goal 11 of Sustainable Development Goals that ensures sustainable waste services, value waste workers, and ensure they are in decent jobs.
Tricia pointed that the current global policy frameworks on waste services prominently feature the targets and indicators of both SDG 11 and SDG 12, adding that it has commitments to prevent, reduce, recycle and reuse.
“To properly collect and discharge – urban solid waste and halve global food waste by 2030, and to properly handle and treat chemical and other hazardous waste through the whole life cycle in accordance with international standards by 2020”
She further stressed that students are important in the conversation and why the program is focused on them.
Also speaking during the program, Consultant, Waste to Wealth, Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), Taiwo Adewole said that sensitising the students to e-waste recycling in Nigeria should be paid attention to.
Adewole addressed the students on the need to sort refuse according to their degradable and non-degradable nature, noting that, presently in Lagos State, collection of waste was done by the cart pushers.
He said that the Federal Government in collaboration with the Lagos State Government was about to set up 30 collection centers of e-wastes all over the state through which the students could make money.
Adewole said that by the 30 collection centers there would be a collaboration with the informal sector (scavengers) and through this way, there would be no burning of refuse anymore.
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According to him, in place for the scavengers would be a collection center where they can convert waste to wealth through enumeration.
He, however, urged the students to take advantage of the waste-to-wealth to make money as well as eliminate e-waste from society.
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