Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Environment, Mr aiye Haruna and the Acting Country Representative of the World bank Group, Badrul Haque at the launching of the Nigeria Polyvhlorinated Biphenyl today.
The Federal Government has borrowed $6.3 million from the Global Environmental Fund (GEF) in order to dispose toxic wastes known as Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB).
The acting Country Director of the World Bank Group, Badrul Haque, who made this known at the launching of the Nigeria Polychlorinated Biphenyl management project Monday at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, said Federal Government is to provide $12.2 million counterpart funding for the project.
“The GEF has provided $6.3 million and the government will provide an additional $12.2 million to eliminate environmental and health risks in Nigeria posed by PCBs,” he said.
Minister of Environment Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafiya said the Federal Government is committed to tackling the problem of persistent organic pollutants of which PCB is a major component.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Taiye Haruna, Mailafiya described PCBs as toxic wastes that are highly liquid or solid, clear or yellow in colour with no smell or taste.
“Even some people use it to fry akara (bean cake) in Ijora. They are being mixed with groundnut oil to fry akara in Ijora. So, there is need for us to control it, dispose it and stop importation of any transformer based on PCB,” she said.
According to her PCBs can withstand extreme temperature, the reason Nigerians are using it to fry akara as the oil will not dissolve easily.