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A ban on harmful environmental products

Nigeria
The Guardian
22/09/2010

The Federal Government has been charged to re-enforce the ban on the importation of harmful goods into the country which are capable of posing serious health problem to her citizenry.

The Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NIMET), Mr. Anthony Anuforom, stated at the weekend in Lagos during the International Day for the preservation of the ozone layer with the theme: “Ozone Layer Protection and Governance at their best”.

His word: “ We have been constantly complying with the Montreal Protocol of fading out completely the ozone depleting substances and the Federal Government has done remarkably well by fading out completely all the ‘Tokunbo fridges and air conditions’ and they are actually doing fine.

He added, “We are in Nigeria, that is why for every law there are penalties. So those who still engage in importing these banned goods are ignorant of the dangers involved. If they are actually aware of the danger I am sure they will stop importing it. Another reason why you still see these goods around is the issue of poverty. Maybe they cannot afford a new one and that is the one they can afford. So it’s something we have to keep working on.”

According to him, in 1994, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution called the Montreal Protocol Convention that proclaimed 16 September as the International Day for the preservation of the ozone layer, which the country is a signatory to.

Anuforom explained that the protocol controls the production and use of ozone depleting substances which since the early 1970s have destroyed about 5 per cent of the earth’s ozone shield which protects life from the harmful solar ultraviolet radiation.

The NIMET boss, who was represented by the Director, Applied Meteorological Services, NIMET, Mrs. Julie Ukeje advised that the country needs to protect its environment by adhering to the principles of the treaty by avoiding the use of air refresheners, insecticides perfumes, that are not ozone friendly and minimising bush burning and smoky vehicle which are not only destroying the ozone layer but very injurious to life.

Speaking also at the event, the Guest Speaker, Dr. Feyisetan Olumuyiwa, from the Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Science, University of Lagos, said it is imperative that the government ensures that those goods, which have been banned do not find their way into the country again.

“It is through the initiative of the government in making sure that substances that have been banned that are known to cause ozone depletion are adhered to and they are not allowed to get onto our shores. This substances include refrigerators, air conditioners have some gases that are ozone depleting and over the years such things have been reduced, particularly the issue of the reduction in the importation of second-hand refrigerators and air conditioners.”

He stated that continued depletion of the ozone layer could expose the human skin to certain diseases such as skin cancer if nothing is done to stop it. “At the individual level, if it is been depleted over a while the most immediate thing is the effect on the skin and it affects the skin in such a way that it makes the system vulnerable to skin cancer. That is the best at the individual level.”

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