The Lagos State government has maintained that its recent ban on the usage of Styrofoam is still in effect.
During a consultative meeting with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and Restaurant and Food Services Proprietor Association of Nigeria (REFSPAN), on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at the Alausa secretariat in Ikeja, the Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, reaffirmed this.
Wahab suggested extending the implementation of the by three weeks to give manufacturers and business owners in the hotel industry more time to use up their inventory.
Following their requests for further time to deplete their stock from the state government, the commissioner made this statement on behalf of MAN, Okpe Sunday, and REFSPAN, Olaoye Kazeem.
“We have been having this conversation for more than three years, waiting for the big, bold step of enforcement,” he stated. The ecology, the state, and public health have all suffered enough.
“It is impossible to calculate the number of lives lost as a result of the usage of Styrofoam, the devastation of aquatic life and ecosystems, and the threat to the environment.
The impact of Styrofoam on the healthcare system is immense, and arguments to delay the ban are akin to urging people to consume poison for an extended period of time in order to lessen the financial losses incurred by producers.
By granting producers and business owners in the hospitality industry a three-month respite, the government is humanizing this prohibition. They ought to be aware of that as well.