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Ban on Single-Use Plastics: A Significant Step To

 

In a decisive move towards environmental sustainability, the federal government of Nigeria has announced a ban on single-use plastics across all ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs). This landmark decision, approved during a recent Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Bola Tinubu, underscores the administration’s commitment to addressing the pervasive issue of plastic pollution.

Iziaq Salako, Minister of State for Environment, highlighted the urgency of the ban, citing its alignment with the government’s comprehensive strategy on plastic waste management. He emphasized that the ban aims to tackle the triple threat of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, as well as adhere to the 2022 national policy on plastic waste management.

“Plastic pollution has become a critical concern in Nigeria, exacerbating issues such as drainage blockages, flooding, and environmental degradation,” stated Minister Salako. “By prohibiting single-use plastics in government institutions, we are taking a significant step towards promoting sustainable practices in plastic consumption and waste management.”

Single-use plastics, known for their detrimental impact on ecosystems and human health, contribute significantly to environmental degradation. The ban is part of a broader effort to encourage the principles of refusing, reducing, reusing, repurposing, and recycling plastics, thereby fostering a culture of environmental responsibility across the nation.

“This decision not only sets a precedent for effective waste management but also serves as a model for the Nigerian populace,” added Minister Salako. “It is imperative that we collectively prioritize sustainable solutions to mitigate the adverse effects of plastic pollution and safeguard our natural resources.”

The implementation of the ban will include establishing frameworks and guidelines to ensure compliance across all federal MDAs. By leading by example, the federal government aims to inspire individuals, communities, and businesses to adopt practices that promote a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations.

The ban on single-use plastics marks a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s environmental policy, signaling a proactive approach to tackling global environmental challenges. As the nation strives towards achieving sustainable development goals, initiatives like these are crucial steps towards preserving the environment and enhancing public well-being.

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