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Lagos Bans Styrofoam Takeaway Packs, Prioritizes Environmental Health

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In a bold move towards environmental conservation, the Lagos State Government reaffirmed its commitment to enforcing a total ban on the use and distribution of styrofoam. This decision was confirmed during a consultative meeting with representatives from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Restaurant and Food Services Proprietors Association of Nigeria (REFSPAN) at the Alausa Secretariat.

Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, emphasized the irreversible damage caused by styrofoam to both public health and the environment. Acknowledging the three-year-old announcement of the ban, he expressed disappointment at the lack of enforcement until now. Wahab stressed the vital importance of prioritizing residents’ health over the profits from styrofoam production.

As a concession, the government has agreed to a three-week moratorium, allowing for the existing stock of styrofoam within the state to be exhausted. This period is seen as an adequate duration for producers to align with the ban if they are genuinely committed to the cause.

Wahab highlighted the significant impact of styrofoam on the healthcare system and the environment, including the destruction of ecosystems and aquatic life. He described the appeal by manufacturers for a postponement of the ban as an attempt to prolong exposure to this harmful product for commercial benefits.

The commissioner emphasized the government’s responsibility to make tough decisions in the interest of public welfare. He also pointed out the lack of environmental responsibility shown by producers, who have not conducted necessary environmental impact assessments before introducing styrofoam for public use.

Gaji Omobolaji Tajudeen, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, echoed these concerns, noting the non-recyclable nature of styrofoam and its enduring hazard to wildlife and aquatic life. Muyiwa Gbadegeshin, Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, further highlighted the challenges posed by styrofoam in clogging drainage channels, stressing the high cost and irresponsibility of ignoring this issue.

Representatives from MAN and REFSPAN, Okpe Sunday and Olaoye Kazeem, respectively, requested leniency and additional time to deplete their current stocks before the commencement of the ban’s enforcement.

The Lagos State Government’s stand on this issue marks a significant step towards environmental conservation, prioritizing public health and sustainability over industrial profit.

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