Alarmed by the rate of environmental degradation and devastations associated with climate change and human activities, environmentalists have called for a review of the Nigeria Bio-safety Management Act in order to check electronic waste in the country, The Guardian reports.
They argued that environmental degradations and devastations associated with climate change have wrecked urban and rural livelihoods.
According to them, Nigeria is one of the few countries expected to be most affected by the impacts of climate change through sea level rise along her coastlines, intensified desertification, erosion, flooding disasters and general land degradation.
Speaking in Cross River State, at the 18th Bassey Andah memorial lecture themed: “The Nigerian Environment: A Threatened Heritage”, environmentalists warned that if nothing urgent is done, Nigeria’s inheritance can be wasted, damaged, or diminished to the extent that there would be nothing to be inherited by subsequent generations, The Guardian.
The Guardian reports that according to the keynote speaker and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), University of Benin, Professor Lawrence Ezemonye, “the process of burning fossil fuels to power cars, heavy duty vehicles and generators contributes greatly to the release of carbon dioxide and a variety of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere resulting in global warming and climate change”.
Ezemonye who is a professor of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Forensics, stated that despite the gains from oil, environmental pollution from activities such as gas flaring, oil spillage and land degradation through bush burning, population growth, urbanization and others contribute substantially to climate change impact.