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FEC bans single-use plastics, okays $1.442m for NDLEA’s arms, ammunition

The Federal Executive Council, on Tuesday, accredited $1.442 billion to obtain arms, ammunition and gear for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

The new buy is supposed to spice up the company’s anti-narcotics operations nationwide, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, instructed journalists after the Council met on the State House, Abuja.

At Tuesday’s assembly, the twelfth within the Bola Tinubu administration, the Council thought-about three memoranda tendered on behalf of the 34-year-old company.

According to Fagbemi, the Council additionally accredited N1.9bn for the acquisition of 33 CNG-compliant automobiles and the sum of N985m for the procurement of two full-body scanners for the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

These approvals have been additionally in favour of the NDLEA to beef up its warfare on medication on the two main entry and exit factors to the nation.

“We mentioned another gadgets in the present day, together with three in regards to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, in any other case referred to as NDLEA. The first one is the procurement of 33 Mikano Maxus E60 motor automobiles to spice up the operation of the NDLEA at N1.9bn.

“You will agree with me that it is crucial that we assist the actions of NDLEA, so the Council thought-about this and gave approval for the acquisition of 33 Mikano automobiles, that are all CNG compliant.

“The second one is, once more, buy for the NDLEA; this time, it’s for the procurement of arms, ammunition and antiriot gear for counter-narcotics operations for the NDLEA. This is for the sum of $1.44bn.

“The third in the series is the procurement of two units of full body scanners at Abuja and Lagos international airports to boost the operation of the NDLEA. This is at a cost of N985m,” Fagbemi mentioned.

Meanwhile, the Council accredited a ban on using single-use plastics, also referred to as on-the-go plastics, in all federal authorities ministries, companies and departments.

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The Minister of State for Environment, Iziaq Salako, who briefed State House Correspondents after the FEC assembly, defined that the transfer aligns with the 2022 National Policy on Plastic Waste Management and demonstrates the federal government’s drive to deal with the threefold disaster of local weather change, air pollution and biodiversity loss.

Salako argued that the ban would cut back plastic waste, which he described as a major contributor to flooding, ocean air pollution and ailments.

“This initiative demonstrates our commitment to addressing the triple threat of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution,” he defined, describing plastic air pollution as “a major issue in our country.”

“The Federal Ministry of Environment proposed and the Federal Executive Council accredited {that a} ban be positioned on using on-the-go plastics, what we all know as single-use plastics, in all ministries, companies and departments of the federal governments. This is in step with the 2022 National Policy on Plastic Waste Management.

“We should say that the dialogue in EXCO was very clean as a result of all members of EXCO, together with Mr. President, have been very passionate about this ban. This ban can also be in step with the dedication of Mr President to make sure that Nigeria performs its half in making certain that the triple disaster of local weather change, air pollution and biodiversity loss is frontally addressed.

“As you know, plastic is one of the key challenges that we face when we go to our drains and when we talk about the issue of flooding, we find out that plastic waste is heavily incriminated. We also discovered that plastic pollution is a major issue in our oceans, affecting human health and our environment,” Salako mentioned.

He added that though Tuesday’s announcement impacts solely federal authorities establishments, it’s a precursor to a nationwide ban on single-use plastics by January 2025, as outlined within the National Policy on Plastic Waste Management.

“The ban is for federal authorities ministries, companies and departments; it’s not nationwide. However, that is, in a method, preparatory; for those who take a look at the National Policy on Plastic Waste Management, which was adopted in 2022, it envisaged that by January 2025, some classes of plastics could be banned in Nigeria, and most of them are single-use; plastic spools, straws, PET bottles, pure water sachets, and so forth and so forth.

“So what the federal government is doing is preparing the minds of Nigerians and leading by example. When you see this thing being done in the federal ministries and agencies, it will convince you that it is possible; as a matter of fact, I can tell you that in the Federal Ministry of Environment, we started the ban in January 2024,” the minister mentioned.

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