Abia State govt bans styrofoam packs

The Abia State Ministry of Environment has banned the use of Styrofoam packs, popularly known as “take away”.

The ministry in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Environment, Philemon Ogbonna on Saturday, Jan. 27, said the use of the product has been banned in the state.

This comes days after Lagos State banned the use of take away packs in the state.

Announcing the ban in Abia State, Philemon Ogbonna advised the public to immediately discontinue the use of the packs until investigations are fully carried out on the dangers of the product to public health.

Meanwhile, the government of Lagos State has declared a further three-week extension to implement the prohibition on styrofoam and other disposable plastics.

The latest development was confirmed in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab.

In the statement released through his official X handle last week, the commissioner emphasized that the state’s priority lies in the welfare of its inhabitants rather than the financial gains obtained from styrofoam production.