Abia Joins Lagos, Bans Use Of Styrofoam Packs


Abia state government has joined Lagos State to ban the use of styrofoam packs ‘take away’ in the state.

The state government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Environment, Philemon Ogbonna on Saturday, said the use of the product as food containers has been banned in the state.

He noted that Take Away had earlier been banned in some states, including Lagos and therefore, advised the public to immediately discontinue the use of the foils until investigations are fully carried out on the dangers of the product to public health.

In a recent report, some defaulters were on Saturday, arrested and sanctioned in Umuahia during the January 2024 Clean Up exercise in the State. The defaulters, who were arrested in some parts of the State capital during the environmental sanitation hours, were caught either trading or loitering, in contravention of the government’s earlier orders.

However, the cleanup recorded a high level of compliance as many residents cleaned their gutters, while trucks provided by the State government evacuated generated wastes.

Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s led government of Lagos State has declared a further three-week extension to implementing the prohibition on styrofoam and other disposable plastics.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, through his X handle.

The commissioner emphasized that the state’s priority lies in the welfare of its inhabitants rather than the financial gains obtained from styrofoam production.

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