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NESREA holds stakeholders consultation on plastic waste control regulation



The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency has held its stakeholders review on the draft National Environmental (Plastic Waste Control) Regulations 2023.

The consultation which was held on Thursday in Lagos was attended by representatives of industry captains whose production had to do greatly with plastics.

In his welcome address, the Director-General of NESREA, Prof. Aliyu Jauro expressed appreciation to stakeholders who took time out of their busy schedules to deliberate on the draft of the regulation.

“I also express my profound appreciation to the European Union – sponsors of this exercise, and the Lead consultant- SRADev Nigeria led by Adogame and his team for the tireless efforts toward achieving the objective of the draft regulation.

“The main objective of this regulations is to provide measures for the control and minimization of pollution from the operations and ancillary activities in the plastic sector in the environment for Nigeria.

“As well as amongst others, to adopt sustainable and environment friendly practices in plastics and plastics waste management to minimise pollution,”Jauro said.

Dr Leslie Adogame, Executive Director of Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev) and National Consultant to NESREA, European Union Projects on Plastic Waste Control Development, said that the process of developing a regulation especially for a sector like plastic waste was very important.

Adogame said that it was important because plastic is in everybody’s use, all over the world, in every community in every state, and because of the connectedness of every human being to plastics.

According to him, the process of trying to manage and regulate plastic require that one interfaces with all the key stakeholders in the plastic ecosystem

“And here there are concerns because of all the multifaceted implications

“There is a health, environmental, socio-economic component of plastic,” Adogame said.

He said that all the components of plastic should be put into consideration so that the government could roll out a regulation that is implementable and unenforceable.

“ You need to consult with people, so that way you need to give understanding or a moratorium and hear people out before you construct your regulation,” Adogame said.

He added that the regulation was going to manage people and not animals.

The Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Babjide Alo, urged the stakeholders to study each section of the draft regulations carefully to make their input.

In her remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, Agharese Onaghise, said that her members needed time to properly understudy the provisions of the draft regulations.

She said that there was need for extensive engagement of the relevant stakeholders on the different sections.

“Let there be a phased implementation of the regulations for the interest of stakeholders in the industry,” Onaghise said.

Different stakeholders bared their minds on how the regulation would affect their business.


Steel manufacturers hail Tinubu over $14bn deal



Kamoru Yusuf

The Basic Metal, Iron and Steel Products Manufacturer, a sectoral arm of the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria, (MAN) has commended President Ahmed Bola Tinubu for his overwhelming performances and efforts towards the nation’s economic growth at the just concluded Nigeria-India economic roundtable meeting in India.

The group also commended the president for attracting the sum of $14 billion investment to boost the nation’s economy adding that the feats recorded by the Bola Tinubu-led government within 100 days of its inauguration will no doubt accelerate economic recovery and business growth in the steel sector.

This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Chairman of the group, Dr. Kamoru Yusuf MON, stressing that, “Iron and Steel sector, if given the required attention and necessary support, is capable of ensuring accelerated growth of the nation’s economy.

Dr. Yusuf, who is also the Group Managing Director of KAM Holding Limited, a wholly owned indigenous Iron and Steel Industry in Nigeria added that, “President Tinubu has by all standards demonstrated his love and readiness to support industrialists. We, in the Iron and Steel sector of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, (MAN) are ready to support his administration with data, workable templates and roadmaps that will support Mr. President in his endeavour to succeed in his mandates to Nigerian citizens.

“As major stakeholders in Nigeria’s Project, we received this news with huge excitement and sense of fulfillment and hope that the breakthrough will further change the game of operations as ‘Risk Takers’ in the nation’s business environment. We pledge our unalloyed support to your administration towards ensuring and providing enabling atmospheres for industrialists to continue to thrive.”

The statement also emphasised that, “President Tinubu’s exceptional efforts in attracting such a substantial investment for Nigeria’s steel sector deserves standing ovation and applause.”

The group therefore promised to continue to support the Minister for Steel Development, Alhaji Shuaibu Audu, in the discharge of his duties at all times.




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Ex-CBN director urges FG to reduce cost of governance



Dr Titus Okunrounmu, Former Director of CBN

Dr Titus Okunrounmu, former Director, Budgetary Department at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has advised the Federal Government to reduce the cost of governance in order to stem the country’s debt profile.

Okunrounmu, who gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ota, Ogun, described the list of ministerial portfolio on Wednesday as over bloated for a country with huge debt profile.

According to him, funding the nation’s recurrent budget with borrowing does not need these large number of ministers and bloated special assistants, which inevitably must allow for allowances and official vehicles.

“These excess baggage was not projected for in the 2023 Federal Budget and the revenue estimates could not cover the recurrent budget.

“In addition, the federal government needs financial discipline to curb corruption in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to reduce debt profile in the country,” he said.

Okunrounmu advised the federal government to redouble its efforts and work against policy somersault to encourage influx of foreign investors into the country.

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