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Environment: Nigerian Government says ban on styrofoam, single-use plastics inevitable, seeks alternatives

Iziaq Adekunle Salako, Honourable Minister of State for Environment and Ecological Management

*Iziaq Salako, Minister of State for Environment and Ecological Management, applauds the Lagos State Government for the recent ban on Styrofoam and other single-use plastics, urging Nigerian consumers to be prepared for ‘wholistic circular management of our waste’

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Toeing the line of the Lagos State Government (LASG) in moving against indiscriminate use and disposal of Styrofoam and other plastic materials in the ecosystem, the Federal Government says the ban of some plastics is inevitable, urging Nigerian consumers to be prepared for “wholistic circular management of our waste”.

Iziaq Adekunle Salako, Honourable Minister of State for Environment and Ecological Management, disclosed this development in a statement issued Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

The Minister said the decision of the Lagos State Government to ban Styrofoam and other single-use plastics is “a strong signal to businesses and the general public that the menace of single-use plastics needs to be comprehensively addressed, if Nigeria is to deliver on her environmental agenda of sustainability.

He stated “the Lagos State Government is, therefore, commended for the bold decision.”

Salako also disclosed the Federal Ministry of Environment recently inaugurated “an interagency committee to continue the process of robust consultation across government, across businesses and with all stakeholders to birth a sustainable solution that is sensitive to the Nigeria context.

According to him, the Ministry is examining policies and initiatives that will drive the production of alternatives to plastics.

Salako said, “The current poorly regulated and indiscriminate use of plastics has to be addressed, and Nigerians must prepare for the inevitable change in this area, including banning of some products.

“In the interim, Nigerians are advised to take personal deliberate environmental actions to reduce and reuse plastics and also explore the growing market of recycling for their plastic waste.”

Salako further said in the statement: “In the coming days, robust awareness campaign and sensitisation will be rolled out to prepare Nigerians for the inevitable ban of some plastics and the wholistic circular management of our waste.”

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