Dr. Iziaq Adekunle Salako, the Minister of State for Environment, has commended Lagos State government on the plan to ban Styrofoam and other single use plastics in the state. The commendation was posted on his X account, formerly Twitter @SalakoIziaq. The state had recently announced a ban on the usage and distribution of Styrofoam and other single-use plastics
He wrote, “The announcement by the LASG to ban Styrofoam and other single use plastics in Lagos State 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. The Lagos State Government is therefore commended for the bold decision.
“The Federal Ministry of Environment is at the forefront of regulating plastics waste and the circular management of our waste. Only recently, the ministry 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.
“The “Circular Nigeria Committee” recently inaugurated is to come up with innovative, inclusive, locally acceptable, business friendly and scalable ways to implement the Nigeria Circular Economy Roadmap. Equally, the ministry is examining policies and initiatives that will drive the production of alternatives to plastics.
“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.
“In the coming days, robust awareness campaign and sensitization will be rolled out to prepare Nigerians for the inevitable ban of some plastics and the wholistic circular management of our waste”