Environmental experts have called on the Nigerian government to regulate the use of pesticides.
This is as they asked the government to engage local people to do the country’s environmental-health risk assessment and stop relying on the foreign organisation to prescribe and dictate for the country and its people.
The experts made the call during the 7th National Conference on Environment and Health tagged “Environmental-Health Risk Assessment and Sustainable Development in Nigeria” on Wednesday held at Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, organised by Living Science Foundation.
The environmental experts also urged the government to create and empower a department that will regulate the selling of pesticides.
Professor Joshua Ojo from Obafemi Awolowo Ile-Ife revealed that children in Nigeria were being administered a vaccine that contains 40 per cent mercury which was prescribed by a foreign organisation.
According to him, the multidose vaccine was banned in Europe over 30 years ago and about 20 years in America because it affects IQ and improves aggressive nature.
The professor said the same vaccine was being given to children in Nigeria because it was recommended that it reduces cost.
“Europe banned the use of multi-dose vaccines and prescribed it for Nigeria on the basis that our condition favours it and justified it with our weather.
“Multidose that contains 40 per cent mercury and they are giving children. It was banned about 30 years ago in Europe and over 20 years ago in America and they said it affects IQ and improves aggressive nature,” he said.
While speaking, Sanitarian Seun Okeowo, an Environmental health officer urged the government to curb the abuse of the pesticide by setting up an agency that will start to control the usage.
“The abuse of this pesticide is so rampant in this country. I want to encourage the authorities ( Nigeria Government) to curb the abuse of the pesticide by setting up an agency that will start to control the issue.
“They should ban people from selling it without being licensed. During the course of our routine inspection, we saw some Hausa people selling beans using SNIPPER to preserve the beans in our presence.
“I will crave the indulgence of the authorities to set up some agency that will be monitoring the sales of the pesticide, so that you cannot just sell it without being licensed like that of the pharmacy.”
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