The federal government has hinted its intension to ban the use of Styrofoam and single-use plastic goods in all ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs). Minister of state for environment, Iziaq Salako, gave the directive during a workshop and capacity building for chemicals and waste handlers conducted today, January 30, in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state.
The minister applauded the Ogun state government for taking the initiative as well as rolling out some steps to be taken to advance the circular economy, such as enforcing national chemical management policies, strengthening pertinent policies and institutional framework, and increasing the ability of producers and manufacturers to adopt the idea of cleaner production.
During the meeting, the Minister seize the opportunity to call on state government offices and departments to key into the new regulation, stressing that the federal government’s commitment to doing away with single-use plastics have come to stay.
Amongst dignitaries that graced the occasion were; the state environment minister, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, the deputy governor of Ogun state, members of the State Executive Council, and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.