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Nigeria develops policy on e-waste management

LAGOS, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian government said Wednesday that it had developed a draft policy and strategic plan on the management of electronic waste (e-waste) in the country.

Minister of Environment Laurentia Mallam, who made this known in Abuja at a stakeholders' forum, said the government was determined to address the challenge of e-waste.

She said the government is determined to avert the environmental hazards of ever increasing toxic heavy metal contained in the electrical or electronic equipment in Nigeria's environment.

Nigeria was a signatory to international conventions and agreements that address chemical management issue.

She said the instruments were responsible for global success in the management of hazardous waste in everyday life.

According to the minister, electronic and information technology industry is the largest and fastest growing industry in today's manufacturing world.

The disposal of computers and other electronic and electrical goods, e-waste, is a growing problem globally.

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