Ministry, Customs collaborate against ozone-depleting imports

Ministry, Customs collaborate against ozone-depleting imports

The Federal Ministry of Environment is collaborating with the Nigeria Customs Service, to checkmate the importation of ozone-depleting substances into the country.

Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, disclosed this to journalists on the sideline of the 2018 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on Monday in Abuja.

Jibril stressed that the Federal Government would continue to free the country from ozone-depleting substances.

He said, “We have tightened up our operations at the ports with active collaboration of the Nigeria Customs Service.

“The customs is helping us a lot, and we are checkmating those people who are bringing these ozone-depleting substances into the country.

“What we normally do is that, if you import illegally and you are caught, your goods will be sent back to the country of origin.”

According to him, this will tend to continue, to ensure that Nigeria is free of such substances.

Jibril said that his ministry was educating Nigerians on the recycling of raw materials they got from condemned electronic waste (e-waste) to sustain their livelihood.

He said, “We are looking at the possibility of recycle economy. What most people don’t understand is that this e-waste contains a lot of metal that are really valuable.

“It contains gold, copper, aluminium and other metal materials that are used in the production of e-material.

“So, when their life cycle are done and condemned as waste, they tend to move around.

“What we are doing now in Nigeria is to sensitise people and show them that they can actually get more gold and other valuable, if they go into the field.”

According to him, people can get a lot of copper, silver and other raw materials from e-waste.