The government of Lagos state, has made public its intention, to ban styrofoam packs, and other single use plastics, popularly called ‘takeaways’ within the city.
According to the state’s Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, the ban is necessary because of the damages these products cause on waterways and other public drainages.
He added that, it takes the state’s government humongous amounts to clear the menace, and to ensure future blockage of drainages within the state caused by the continuous use of these packs.
Wahab emphasized that, clearing the styrofoam packages and the single plastic products, is one of the major workload for the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) officials.
The commissioner therefore stressed that the state’s LAWMA officials, in collaboration with the state’s Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) team, should see to it that the ban is immediately effected .
Lagos state government, through Wahab, the spokesperson, has therefore, ordered the clampdown of all production companies and distribution outlets of the products to prevent further distribution.
Commissioner Wahab appealed to Lagosians to make “small sacrifices for our collective wellbeing.”
Wahab made the government’s decision public in a tweet on Sunday, January 21, 2024.