Terra Technologies/E-Waste Relief Foundation warns on the Environmental hazards of the fourth industrial revolution
The Chief Executive Officer of E-Terra Technologies/E-Waste Relief Foundation, Ifeanyi Ochonogor, has taken a firm stand, maintaining that it is important for the government and private sector to face up the environmental hazard that will come with the emergence of the fourth industrial revolution, says Gaurdian on December 18.
Speaking at the 2nd edition of the Lagos State E-waste Handlers Capacity Enhancement Program, in Lagos, he acknowledged how it was inevitable that the new decade will bring with it, new opportunities and potential for technological advancement. He said;
“Humanity is at the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that is ushering in the age of Artificial intelligence, Blockchain technologies, Crypto currency, machine learning, and automation, among others. It is a whole new era where technology will be the driving force of our lifestyle, commerce, governance, manufacturing and recreation.”
Furthermore, he spoke on how technology was growing exponentially and how there will be many opportunities for use of new technologies, and as such, present technological tools like computers, telephones, tablets, televisions that have become part of our everyday lives whether as individuals or businesses, will will need to be replaced and so portend a problem with their disposals.
He noted that;
“the challenge of properly disposing them in an environmentally sustainable or eco-friendly manner that does not harm humans and the environment will become an economic, environment and health imperative.”
With this in mind, he emphasized the need for the government and private sector players to step in and put out measures to contain the menace of e-waste in Nigeria. He insisted that it was a compelling necessity that demanded a concrete plan of action.
Though he recognized that there were ICT laws in Nigeria that had mandatory requirements for the recycling of electronic devices, he however insisted that work needed to be done to empower the regulatory bodies to ensure full compliance with the provisions of these laws and policies at the municipal, state and federal levels.