FEC approves plastic waste management policy

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Establishes traditional medicine council

THE virtual weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, went silent on Tuesday’s military shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

  But FEC approved a National Policy on plastic waste management in Nigeria.

Federal Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood, disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the end of the cabinet meeting.

  According to Mahmood, approval to the new waste management policy was sequel to a memo he presented.

  “The Federal Ministry of Environment today presented a memo on the National Policy on plastic waste management in Nigeria. Recall that about three months ago, we presented a memo on solid waste management and plastic being one of the compositions of total waste, has a significant place in the total waste regime because of its non-biodegradable nature and we have plastics littered all over the place, which is an environmental hazard to both humans and animals.

What this policy seeks to do is to seize the opportunity of our paradigm shift from linear to circular economy. The standard procedure in the past was, you produce, you use and dispose and we just realised that we cannot continue to do that and plastic has lent itself to recycling or reuse. Therefore, what this policy intends to achieve is to capitalise on that property of it being reused,” he explained.

  Also, FEC ratified Nigeria’s membership of International Coffee Organisation (ICO).

Federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, said that with the approval, Nigeria now has full membership status at the organisation although it signed the agreement since 2008.

  “My ministry presented a memo on the need for us to ratify our membership of International Coffee Organisation. We signed the International Coffee agreement in the year 2008 and yesterday, Nigeria had not ratified this agreement and the result of not having ratified, we only had observer status in the organisation and unfortunately, there are a lot of things that come with full membership that the country had been missing on,” he said.

  The minister said the ratification would now afford the country the opportunity to benefit more form the organisation and be actively involved in creating coffee policies on coffee trade worldwide.

  Speaking while briefing newsmen, Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire said FEC also approved a bill to establish a Council for Traditional, Alternative and Complementary Medicine Practice in Nigeria.

  According to Ehanire, the bill seeks to take traditional and complementary medicine out of obscurity and give it a profile to institutionalise it as has been done in other countries, particularly China and India.

  “The outbreak of COVID-19 has renewed the call for home-grown solutions to all these public health diseases and to find the value in our traditional medicines and this is an opportunity with which traditional medicine’s practice can not only upscaled, but also regulated because there are also areas of malpractice that should be checked.

It will also provide for the possibility of trainings, setting up institutions and also being able to research further, working with the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research of Nigeria to actually dig out the values that are in our traditional medicines, where they can be used and be used for research,” he said.

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