The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said on Monday that the Federal Government had been able to prevent the dumping of chemicals by foreigners at Nigerian seaports.
According to him, the dumping of toxic chemicals in the West African sub-region is becoming alarming, but stressed that the Federal Government, through the Nigeria Customs Service, has been able to make it difficult for foreigners to continue such an act.
Saraki said this at the ECOWAS Regional Workshop on National Chemical Information Exchange Networks in support of the implementation of the International Conventions in Abuja.
The Senate President, who was represented by Senator Foster Ogola, said, “For us in the ECOWAS sub-region, the illiteracy level is very high. This is why we need to improve on our knowledge base to be able to cope. Dumping of chemicals in West Africa has been on a high increase because our people, our customs, most of the time, are ignorant of what they are accepting.
“I’m happy that such things can hardly come into Nigeria from the seaports, because the customs are now more on the alert. If all ECOWAS countries are doing what Nigeria is doing, we will have less of these incidents. We need to do enough to save the health of our people.”
Saraki explained that the Senate decided to participate in the workshop in order to ensure the passage of a legislation that would further curb the menace posed by the dumping of toxic chemicals in Nigeria and in the sub-region.
He said, “Chemical management is one of the aspects of environmental management and we are interested in transforming whatever decision arrived at in this workshop into a law.”