Federal Government of Nigeria set to ban SUPs and styrofoam within MDAs

The Federal Government of Nigeria, in a significant environmental stride, says it is about to implement a ban on single-use plastic products (SUPs) and styrofoam within ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).

The Minister of State for Environment, Iziaq Salako, made the announcement at a workshop and capacity-building event for chemicals and waste handlers in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

While commending the state government for its initiative, Salako emphasized the importance of enhancing the capacity of manufacturers and producers to embrace cleaner production practices and efficient chemical management to address environmental challenges.

The Federal Government’s commitment to eliminating single-use plastics was reiterated during the workshop, with a call for strict compliance from government departments and offices.

The workshop was organized by the Ogun State Ministry of Environment, and it is reportedly aimed at educating stakeholders on the necessity of safeguarding public health and the environment through the adoption of best practices in chemicals handling and waste management.

The event drew the participation of key figures such as Ogun State Deputy Governor Noimot Salako-Oyedele, members of the State Executive Council, and representatives from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

Experts at the workshop highlighted the detrimental impact of unchecked waste and chemical handling, citing biodiversity loss, underground water pollution, and an increase in non-communicable diseases.

To address these issues, the attendees advocated for the adoption of circular solutions in chemical and waste management, promoting more efficient and sustainable production practices.

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