Abstract: Nigeria, with a huge population of about 170 million people, has become a dumping ground for both brand-new and fairly- used imported electrical and electronic products and equipment such as ICT , telecom and household appliances – monitors, computers, TVs, mobile handsets, refrigerators, washing machines, DVD/CD Players, Computer storage media but to mention a few. These electrical and electronic products and equipments become technologically obsolete in a matter of months or years and they become very close to the end of their shell life. Most of the obsolete products and equipment find their way into developing countries like Nigeria, as fairly-used or tokunbos, because of the hunger of Nigerians for IT and technological products. At the end of their shell life, they eventually find their way into landfills or dump sites as Electronic Waste (E-Waste) which may pose serious health and environmental hazards to humans, livestock and ecology if not properly managed. This paper reviews the issues relating to E-Waste management in Nigeria. It identifies the sources of E-Waste as well as their components and the dangers in them. This paper finally proffers far-reaching recommendations to the major stakeholders – the regulators (government), the manufacturers (industries), the recyclers, the resellers, and the end-users ,etc. on the best internationally recognised practises on how to handle and manage e-waste in order to make the environment safe for all of us.
Keywords: e-waste, shell life, tokunbo, management, hazards, environment, health, ICT, Telecomm, Nigeria.