The Federal Government unveiled the National Policy on Waste Battery Management on Thursday to provide guidance on environmentally sound waste battery management in Nigeria.
Mohammed Abdullahi, Minister of Environment, who launched the policy in Abuja, said it was part of the European Union Climate Diplomacy Week 2022 activities.
The policy was unveiled as part of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme by the Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, the EU, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
NESP is a technical assistance program co-funded by the EU and German cooperation, and it is run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power.
The National Policy on Waste Battery Management was approved in February 2022 and aims to provide specific guidance on environmentally sound waste battery management.
It also aims to foster a safer environment, particularly for the large population working and living in and around waste battery collection and recycling facilities across the country.
Abdullahi, who was represented by Hassan Musa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Climate Change, stated that the government was committed to fostering a cleaner environment in Nigeria.
“The policy is aimed at establishing the right incentives to attract investments in the sector, with socioeconomic benefits for the country,” Abdullahi explained.
Ms. Inga Stefanowicz, Head of Section, Green and Digital Economy at the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, stated that the policy’s implementation would be critical in efforts to mitigate the negative impacts of substandard waste battery handling.
“It will also encourage domestic and international investment in local battery recycling facilities,” she added.
Duke Benjamin, NESP’s Head of Programme, stated that the NESP would provide additional assistance to the ministry by developing guidelines and adopting a standard operating procedures document to address Nigeria’s substandard waste battery management.