By Oluwatoyin Adegoke
State governments have been urged to align with the Federal government’s stand on the ban of single use plastic to ensure circular economy waste.
The Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Isiaq Salako made the call at a Chemical Handlers And Users’ Workshop, held in Abeokuta, with the theme: Chemical And Waste Management Circular Solutions For A Sustainable Economy.
Dr Salako affirmed that recycling waste as a resource for manufacturing new materials and products, through the circular economy waste initiative, would guarantee sustainable environment.
The Minister who emphasized that the single use of plastic would soon be banned across the Federal government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, said the move would enhance the protection of people’s health against hazards.
In a message, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun said all companies and individuals with storage facilities for chemical had been directed to register with the State Environmental Protection Agency for effective monitoring, tracking, evaluation and management of such industrial wastes.
Represented by his Deputy, Mrs Noimot Salako -Oyedele, Governor Abiodun renewed his administration’s commitment to excellent environmental governance and sustainable economy, promising to take proactive measures in the management of chemicals and wastes.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Ola Oresanya had expressed the government’s bid for environmental responsibility and sustainable practices, adding that the workshop would address challenges posed by chemicals and wastes in evolving landscape.
Dr Oresanya explained that chemical wastes usually remained in the air, waterways, and land, thereby exerting hazardous effects on the citizens.