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Ministry of Environment Bans Single Use Plastic at Headquarters, Agencies

The Federal Ministry of Environment has resolved to discontinue the use of single-use plastics at its headquarters and its agencies to drive a culture of waste reduction.

In addition, staff of the Ministry and its agencies were requested to demonstrate leadership by example by implementing other personal climate actions in their environments.

The ministry’s resolve is contained in a communique signed by Malam Stanley Jonah, Director, Planning, Research, and Statistics of the ministry, at the end of a two-day Top Management Retreat held in Kaduna.

The retreat had the theme, “Policy Embedment and Prioritisation of Key Action for Renewed Hope in Environmental Management”.

The communique added that the ministry has committed to pursuing the mandate to drive the actualization of President Bola Tinubu’s vision through its 18 assigned deliverables and 48 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

It said that to achieve these deliverables and indicators, all Departments and Agencies must synergize and that the vision must be cascaded to the sub-nationals, organized private sector, civil society organisations, and all Nigerians.
The communique also stated that funding was a critical element for the achievement of these deliverables and effective communication.

“There is a need to build capacities, provide frameworks and collaborate with relevant stakeholders to access additional funding for environmental sustainability.

“There is a need to expand our current strategy for circular management of waste to capture small-scale producers and the informal sector in the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Programme,” it stated.

The communique, however, amongst other resolutions, stated that all Departments, Agencies, Programmes and special projects of the ministry shall work collaboratively for the actualisation of the ministry’s mandated deliverables derived from the presidential priorities.

Also, for sustainable waste management, a ‘’Circular Nigeria committee’’ chaired by the Director-General of NESREA was constituted to facilitate the implementation of the Circular Economy road map.

It stated that the committee would prioritize mentorship, institutional knowledge transfer, and an effective succession plan.

The communique added, that procurement plans shall be completed early and submitted to the relevant Agencies of government to ensure timely release of funds.

“To fast track the issuance of the 3rd Sovereign Green Bond in 2024, implement programmes for capacity development, staff mobilisation, performance tracking and strengthening of relationships between supervising officers and their subordinates as key strategies to enhance performance.”

Others include accelerating the development of the 2024 – 2027 ministry’s Strategic Roadmap.

The highlight of the retreat is he signing of a performance bond with the Ministers and Permanent Secretary by the Heads of Departments and Agencies for the delivery of the prioritised mandates of the ministry.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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