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Toxic Waste: Nigerian Govt. Orders Banks, Telcos To Conduct Environmental Audits

The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered banks and telecommunication companies to conduct environmental audits in their various domains in to safeguard the environment and reduce toxic waste from the organisations.

It said toxic waste from the affected organisations had been on the increase, and that a meeting was held in Lagos earlier in the week, which had officials of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, banks and telecommunication companies.

The Director-General, NESREA, a Federal Government agency, Prof Aliyu Jauro, disclosed this in Abuja while speaking with our correspondent during the maiden edition of the National Environmental Compliance Award, organised by the organisation.

He said, “We met with operators in the telecommunications industry and banks. Both of these sectors impact the environment in the course of doing their business.

“When we talk about the telecommunication industry, we talk about radiation that affects human health, causing cancer and others. Also, they produce electronic waste and other forms of waste.”

He added that banks use a lot of electronics, such as computers, ATM machines, generators, printers among others and there was waste of these items.

Jauro added, “So, there is a need for them to ensure that whatever is obsolete is taken to the right place. We have collectors and recyclers who can create value from these wastes.

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