On January 21, 2024, Tokunbo Wahab, Commissioner of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources for the state of Lagos, Nigeria via Twitter/X that “the Lagos State government through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources is hereby announcing a ban on the usage and distribution of Styrofoam and other single-use plastics in the State with immediate effect.” 

According to from the state of Lagos, distributors and sellers of polystyrene foam packaging were given three weeks to “mop [up] the products in circulation” before the state would begin enforcement. In the weeks since the announcement, people from the Ministry have been visiting markets to educate vendors about the ban and the planned enforcement.  

Current actions focus on polystyrene foam, but further rules on other types of single-use plastic products are expected later in 2024. In a , Wahab said, “[o]ur state cannot be held hostage to the economic interests of a few wealthy business owners compared to the millions of Lagosians suffering the consequences of indiscriminate dumping of single-use plastics and other types of waste.”  

According to from Pulse, the US-Nigeria Trade Council has expressed concerns over the sudden implementation of the ban.  

A few days after the announcement from Lagos, the state of Abia followed. Business Post statements from Abia’s Commissioner for Environment, Philemon Ogbonna, that “the use of takeaway packs in the state had already been banned by the state government, but the implementation was relaxed.” However, he emphasized that this time, “the state government was serious about the prohibition and would deal decisively with defaulters.” 

At the federal level, the Nigerian Ministry of Environment also in January 2024 that it will no longer use single-use plastics at its headquarters and agencies.  

 

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O. Olasunkanmi (January 22, 2024). “.” Lagos State Government.

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Modupe Gbadeyanka (January 29, 2024). “.” Business Post

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Oyenike Oyeniyi (January 13, 2024). “.” Voice of Nigeria 

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Oluyemi Ogunseyin (January 22, 2024). “.” Guardian 

Cristen Hemngway Jaynes (January 22, 2024). “.” EcoWatch 

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Ferdinand Omondi (January 23, 2024). “.” Greenpeace 

Samuel Bolaji (January 26, 2024). “.” Punch NG 

Temitope O. Sogbanmu (January 30, 2024). “.” The Conversation