Immediate past President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, Eugene Nweke said that multinational corporations prefer to ship industrial waste to developing countries than going through the global standard for treatment and handling of industrial wastes or gas flaring.
Nweke explained that it is cheaper for corporations to ship such cargo to countries like Nigeria. He noted that companies from some Asia countries are found of shipping such consignments to less developed countries.
According to him, “It is cheaper to Ship and abandon industrial chemical (toxic) wastes to Nigeria ports than go through the rigour of International practices/procedures with regards to treatment and handling of industrial wastes or gas flaring, which poses great danger to our environmental ecology.
“Again, the essence of International Cargo Tracking Note, CTN or a Container security initiatives program cannot be overemphasis. One big question, “Is NESRA still functional?” he queried.
Recall that Vanguard Newspaper had reported that a 20-foot container suspected to contain toxic waste has been abandoned at Berger Suya bus stop, along the Cocoanut – Mile2 end (close to the pedestrian bridge) of the Oshodi/Apapa expressway.
The specialised container with number TLLU 2813171was said to be loaded with already rusting drums stacked six drums wide and five drums high. On Tuesday, the truck head has been removed leaving the body laden with the consignment.
Vanguard findings revealed that the truck, whose plate number has also been removed, may have been parked there for a long time.
Vanguard discovered that about 15 drums have been removed, sparking fears that the consignment may have been pilfered.
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