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Lagos Begins Full Enforcement Of Styrofoam Ban On Monday

The commissioner urged traders to desist from selling on the railway lines, roads as well as littering the market with waste. 


Packs of styrofoam containers filled with food and ready to be sent to the customers at Obalende in Lagos on January 23, 2024. (Photo by Benson Ibeabuchi / AFP)

 

The Lagos State Government will on Monday, February 19 commence the full enforcement of the ban on the usage and distribution of Styrofoam food containers all over the state.

The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, disclosed this on Friday while meeting with all market leaders in the state at the BlueRoof in Alausa, Ikeja.

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This was disclosed in a statement on Saturday by the ministry’s spokesman, Kunle Adeshina.

According to the statement, the commissioner said that enforcement officers from LAGESC/KAI, Environmental Health Officials and LAWMA Police and the Ministry would go after all those having the styrofoams in their shops, stores or outlets and confiscate them.

“I would like to appeal to all our traders to desist from selling on the railway lines and all the roads. Also, we must stop littering our market with waste.  We must segregate our wastes in our respective markets; bag our wastes and ensure we patronise PSP operators,” the commissioner said.

 

 

See the full statement below:

LASG TO COMMENCE FULL ENFORCEMENT OF BAN ON STYROFOAM ON MONDAY

…..urges all market leaders to ensure that Styrofoam is not distributed or sold in markets

….As Tokunbo Wahab holds meeting on solid waste management with all market leaders.

The Lagos State Government on Friday announced the commencement of full enforcement of the ban on usage and distribution of Styrofoam food containers all over the state.

Making the disclosure during a meeting with all market leaders in the state at the BlueRoof Alausa, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab said the enforcement will start across all markets on Monday.

He added that enforcement officers from LAGESC/KAI, Environmental Health Officials and LAWMA Police and the Ministry will go after all those having the styrofoams in their shops, stores or outlets and confiscate them.

Wahab emphasized that styrofoam usage had caused enough damage to the health of the residents and the state of the environment for so many years and that government is determined  to encourage viable option for Styrofoam containers across the metropolis.

He appealed  to market leaders to be reminded that cleaniness is next to Godliness and as such they must ensure that a clean environment remains a priority always.

He added that the government is disturbed about the unsanitary habits in most of the markets across the state hence leading to the recent closure of some markets across the state.

He explained that  government derives no pleasure in closing peoples’ businesses, emphasizing that some markets were in a sorry state because of the non challant attitude of the markets executives.

He also mentioned  that there were recent reports that government officials were attacked whenever they visited markets to ascertain the sanitary levels and enforce environmental laws in the market.

“I will like to appeal to all our traders to desist from selling on the railway lines and all the roads. Also,we must stop littering our market  with wastes.  We must  segregate our wastes in our respective markets; bag our wastes and ensure we patronize PSP operators”.

He stressed that in a few weeks time, the state government would commission the Red Rail line that is expected to operate from dusk till dawn adding that trading activities on the railway lines is very risky and could lead to loss of lives .

Earlier in his remarks, the Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu charged  market leaders with the responsibility of ensuring cleanliness in their respective market places stressing, that selling on the roads should be discouraged by all.

He added that it had been observed that some illegal markets now appoint splinter leaders, leader for the main market and  another for roadside  traders saying this illegal acts must be discouraged as it is against the environmental laws of the state.

He called on markets leaders to ensure that they have functional public toilets in their markets to curb menace of open defecation that can pollute the environment as well as desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the markets.

Also in his welcome address, the Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegeshin noted that the meeting became necessary to outline the position of government on effective waste management in all markets, in line with the THEMES plus Agenda of the present administration.

He recalled that last year, the government embarked on zero tolerance for filth and indiscriminate waste disposal in markets, road medians, business facilities and unauthorised locations around the state, saying that the objective is to make Lagos a clean and healthy city, livable for all.

“I must note again, that all government’s effort in the area of effective waste management, is to build a people-friendly environment, that guarantees happiness and good health for all residents” he said.

In her response, the Iyaloja General, Mrs. Folasade Tinubu-Ojo represented by the Iya-oja, Lagos Island, Mrs. Risikat Abeje Lasisi said that they will ensure that market sanitation continues as a daily task that all market leaders will adopt.

She assured that the association was ready to cooperate with the State government to adopt all methods proposed by the government to ensure cleanliness  in all markets and it’s environs.

 

Signed

Kunle Adeshina

Director Public Affairs (MOE&WR)