The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has appointed Timbuktoo Media Solutions Limited as media consultants for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Environment Facility (GEF) project.

The appointment which has since taken effect, was conveyed through a letter signed by the Agency’s Head of Procurement D. S. Choji on behalf of the Director General, urged Timbuktoo to deliver the services in accordance with the tenderer specifications.

NESREA said the appointment was done after painstaking due diligence and evaluation of competence and experience in line with the nation’s procurement processes. Other Consultants appointed to perform different roles for the project along with TMS communications consultants include those for Gender, Training, Guidance and Data collation.

Increased acquisition of Electrical Electronic Equipment (EEE) by families, individuals and institutions and the frequent introduction of modified technology into the market accelerates the rate of obsoleteness or old versions of the same product. Most times, owners are left with no option than to keep, destroy in their own way or are simply, dumped into the garbage often times poorly so, without consideration to associated hazards to public health the environment. This has become a source of concern to Government.

Speaking with the consultants, the Director of Inspection and Enforcement, Mrs. Miranda Amachree said that the NESREA/GEF project is in compliance with global best practice and fulfilment of Nigeria’s National Environmental (Electrical Electronic Sector) Regulations S.I. 23 2011.

A statement by Amina Omeri of Timbuktoo Media Solutions, explained that in this phase of the project, TMS will implement communication strategies to create awareness, energize responsible action and modify behavior in the management of waste from EEE through the Circular Economy Approaches in the Electronic Sector with focus on Extended Producer Responsibility, EPR. In a 2-year strategy, the project aims to collect and treat 300 tonnes of e-waste in its pilot state of Lagos.

In Lagos like most parts of Nigeria, e-waste is collected and recycled mainly by the informal sector using crude methods resulting to loss of valuable resources and negative impacts to the environment (air pollution, water and soil contamination from the toxic and hazardous substances), as well as health conditions of the informal workers.

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