House of Representatives Calls for Ban on Styrofoam and Single-Use Plastics in Nigeria

House of Representatives Calls for Ban on Styrofoam and Single-Use Plastics in Nigeria

The House of Representatives has passed a resolution urging the Federal Government to prohibit the production, importation, distribution, and usage of styrofoam and single-use plastics across Nigeria. This decision aims to address the environmental and public health risks associated with these materials.

The lawmakers also recommended that the government implement a phased approach to the ban, allowing sufficient time for businesses and industries to transition to alternative eco-friendly materials and practices.

Additionally, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and other relevant agencies were urged to monitor the quality of packaging, especially in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), to ensure compliance with global best practices and relevant regulations.

The motion for the ban was initiated by Hon. Muktar Shagaya during Wednesday’s plenary session. Shagaya highlighted the constitutional responsibility of the Federal Government to protect the environment and the health of its citizens.

He emphasized the environmental and health risks posed by the increasing use of styrofoam and single-use plastics, including pollution of waterways, soil, and air quality. Shagaya pointed out that chemicals found in styrofoam are linked to various health issues, such as cancer and nervous system effects.

Several countries and regions, including Taiwan, Rwanda, England, and certain states in the United States, have already banned styrofoam due to its detrimental effects. Alternatives such as biodegradable materials, reusable containers, and recyclable packaging offer more sustainable options.

The House underscored the urgency of addressing the environmental and public health crises associated with styrofoam and single-use plastics to safeguard Nigeria’s natural resources, ecosystems, and the well-being of its citizens.

To ensure compliance with the ban, the House mandated its Committees on Healthcare Services, Environment, and Legislative Compliance to oversee the implementation process.

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