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FBRA expresses commitment to plastic waste control regulation



Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA)

Last Updated on July 29, 2023 by Fellow Press

The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has expressed commitment to the Federal Government on review of the draft plastic waste control regulation.

Ms Araghase Onaghise, Executive Secretary, FBRA, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a Stakeholders Consultation on review of the Plastic Waste Control Regulation in Lagos.

FBRA was set up as a Producer Responsibility Organisation to manage the activities for post-consumer packaging on behalf of 31-member families and industry.

Onaghise said that the stakeholders consultation looked at the effect of plastics that were not managed properly in the environment.

According to her, the plastic waste control regulation is identifying some single use plastics that will be ban in July 2025.

“We are committed to working with the government to ensure that this regulation is very robust, is applicable in Nigeria, and is sustainable over time.

“So, it doesn’t have a negative impact on the industry and on the consumers so that we can all work together and ensure that we have a regulation that can be implementable,” she said.

Onaghise said that based on the review already done internally, FBRA was pushing for proper and adequate stakeholders engagement and alignment before a regulation could be put out or finalised.

“The reason for that is, if some single used plastics are banned, what are the alternatives?

“Yes, there may be ready alternatives in other climes but are they readily available and applicable in Nigeria?

“So we need to also make this applicable in Nigeria because Nigeria is a very different scenario.

“Do we have the adequate infrastructure to support this ban? Because we know that if you look at sustainability, it needs to have economic, environmental and social benefits,” she said.

The Executive Secretary said that implementation of the regulation needed to be done in a phased way.

“Such that each stakeholder specific to the material that is going to be banned should be carried along to ensure that they can have a just transition and put systems in place before a total ban can come into place,” Onaghise said.

NAN reports that FBRA currently has a total of 31-member companies, from food, beverage and tobacco industry.


Gunmen kidnap another Catholic priest in Anambra



Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Fellow Press

Anambra State based Catholic priest, Reverend Father Christian Ike, has been abducted by assailants.

The clergyman was reportedly taken away by the assailants on Sunday, along Amagu junction, Ndiokpaleke, in Ajali community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

An eyewitness in the area, who narrated the incident our correspondents, said the priest was returning alongside two other persons from an early morning Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church when the assailants double-crossed his vehicle.

The source said unknown gunmen kidnapped the priest and took some personal belongings in the vehicle, but the reason for the incident has yet to be ascertained.

The eyewitness said, “The priest and two other persons were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church, where they attended morning service.

“On getting to Amagu Junction, their vehicle was double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two other persons escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.”

Confirming the incident, the Anambra State police spokesman, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the command had deployed its intelligence and operational assets for the priest’s possible rescue unhurt.

He added that further development will be communicated as it unfolds.

Ikenga said, “Anambra State Police Command received the information of the abduction of Rev Father Christian Ike and has deployed its intelligence and operational assets of the Command for possible rescue unhurt.

“Eyewitness account revealed by 10:30 am on 16/6/2024, the priest and two others were returning from St. Micheal Catholic Church Ndiokpaleke where they attended morning service, along Amagu Junction, they were double-crossed by armed men operating in three vehicles, while the other two escaped the scene, the criminals took away the priest and some personal belongings of the occupants in the vehicle.

“To this end, the Command has activated its intelligence and operational assets for possible arrest of the assailants and rescue unhurt of the priest.”

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Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise



Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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