Lagos State Government Seeks Collaboration on Its E-Waste Initiative

The new General Manager of Lagos Waste Management Authority (Lawma), Abdul Wahab Ogunbiyi, has called for stakeholders’ support for the Lagos indigenous initiative on Sustainable E-Waste Management process in the State.

According to the governmental agency, he stated this at the International Workshop on Enhancing Capacities for Environmentally sound Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment through the Regional Delivery in Africa, which took place at the end of October last year in Lagos, Nigeria. At this forum he presented a paper titled “Development of Machines for E-Waste Treatment in Lagos”. Abdul Wahab Ogunbiyi informed the participants that in the state, “design works for four major machines have been completed with simple technology for ease of fabrication and maintenance sustainability,” including double-shaft rotor pulverizing machine powered with two electric motors, a four-shaft rotor straddling machine, a three-blade single rotor crushing machine and a lifting conveyor.



Funding local technology is needed

The General Manager of Lawma emphasized the need for world bodies, local and international corporate organizations and influential individuals to support the development of local technology for e-waste treatment, which he described as the pragmatic solution of preventing electronic waste from transforming to environmental pollutants, which are harmful to ecosystem and hazardous to humans. Speaking of roles of collaboration in the initiative, Abdul Wahab Ogunbiyi informed that Lawma had, since 2011, keyed into research works initiated by the Environment Division of the Nigeria Society of Engineers. With the benefit of using e-waste management manual developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a guide, the state authority had been able to design machines from resources sourced locally.

On this occasion the Lawma General Manager also stressed the need for the stakeholders and international organizations such as UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe), ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) and African Union Commissions to play major roles in funding local technology to address the challenges of e-waste, while advising manufactures to accept – as part of their corporate responsibility – the ideal of a blue print to effectively manage e-waste that would be generated at the end-of-life of their products.

Investment opportunities

Nigeria is divided in 36 states and a Federal Capital Territory (Abuja region). The commitment of the Lagos State Government towards sustainable waste management has made Lagos State a model for other Nigerian states. According to Lawma, the approximately 17 million inhabitants of Lagos State generate about 9,000 metric tons of waste daily. “The formal and informal sectors are a prominent factor in the recycling / resource recovery programme / activities in Lagos State over the years”, the Lawma “Investors Guide on Recycling and Resource Recovery” says.

It is a compendium of essential requirements and provides interested investors that are willing to partner with the authority with a directory of the resources that are available to them and duties that are expected of them.

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