Ahead of the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Bamako Convention (Bamako COP2) billed to take place in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire between January 28 and 30, 2018, Mr. Leslie Adogame, Executive Director, Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev), has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, ratify and implement the Bamako Convention now.
According to Adogame, “It is most worrisome that Nigeria which should play a lead role on the continent has inadvertently lagged behind 29 other countries in Africa. Nigeria’s delay in ratifying the Bamako Convention after 20 years of its coming into force is a bad omen for a toxic-free country and continent. It is simply not enough to sign the Convention without ratification to implement it. To date, the Convention has 29 Signatories and 25 Parties. Regrettably, Nigeria is yet to ratify and implement this Convention as a signatory since 1998.” More here.
To be honest , I don’t know what the Bamako Convention is and initially thought it was some kind of exhibition.Thank God for google.
“The Bamako Convention (in full: Bamako Convention on the ban on the Import into Africa and the Control of Trans-boundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa) is a treaty of African nations prohibiting the import of any hazardous (including radioactive) waste. The Convention was negotiated by twelve nations of the Organisation of African Unity at Bamako, Mali in January, 1991, and came into force in 1998.”
Now that we know what the Bamako convention is , the question remains: Why is the Nigerian government delaying its implementation? Why would you have a lax attitude towards the possible import of toxic materials onto your soil?Now if you don’t understand why this should bother you , remember that people don’t live near dumpsites and property value in such areas diminish over-time.Hazardous wastes,unlike dumpsites,are contained in casements but are 10 times more dangerous wherever they’re placed.