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Climate Change: Nigeria bans single-use plastics across government ministries, others

*Iziaq Salako, Minister of State for Environment, stresses the ban on single-use plastics in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) aligns with the Nigerian Government’s commitment to tackling climate change, biodiversity loss, and plastic pollution which have become menacing challenges in the West African country

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

As part of efforts at tackling increasing climate change, biodiversity loss, and plastic pollution challenges in the West African country, the Federal Government of Nigeria Tuesday, June 25, 2024, banned single-use plastics in ministries, departments and agencies of government.

ConsumerConnect reports Iziaq Salako, Honourable Minister of State for Environment, stated while briefing reporters at the Presidential Villa after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, in Abuja, FCT.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu chaired the FEC meeting.

It is recalled the Lagos State Government (LASG) January this year banned single-use plastics and Styrofoam across the cosmopolitan state in Nigeria.

Underscoring the need to take the latest decision, Salako said: “If you look at the National Policy on Plastic Waste Management which was adopted in 2020, it envisages that by January 2025, some categories of plastics will be banned in Nigeria and most of them are single-use, plastic spoons, straws, pet bottles, water sachets and so on.

“What the Federal Government is doing is preparing the minds of Nigerians and leading by example.”

The Minister also stated that the ban aligned with the Nigerian Government’s commitment to tackling climate change, biodiversity loss, and plastic pollution which have become menacing challenges in the country.

He further emphasised that plastic waste often clogs drains and contributes to flooding, while also polluting the oceans and affecting human health and the environment.

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