Friday, 7 June 2013

See Gobe: Federal Govt to banPure Water and Sachet Bags by2014

despoliation of the environment,
the
Federal Government yesterday
said
plans are underway to ban the
use of plastic bags in the country.
Minister of
Environment, Mrs. Hadza Mailafia,
who
dropped the hint during the
2013 World Environment Day celebration in
Abuja,
said government would favour
the use of
paper bags in their place.
Mailafia, who said the ban would take
effect from January 2014, also
said the
Federal Government was also
considering banning the use of
sachet water.
According to her, the move to
ban the
plastic bags are necessitated by
the
numerous health and environmental
hazards associated with their
use.
The minister noted that unlike
the paper
bags that could easily decompose,
plastic bags are non-biogradable
materials which could stay in the
soil for
years, contaminating water
sources when washed into the rivers by
the rain.
Relying on the Food and
Agriculture
Organisation, FAO's, statistics,
the environment minister said one-
third of
global food production is wasted
from
farm to stock which is equivalent
to 1.3 billion tonnes of food annually;
while an
estimated 870 million people go
hungry
worldwide. She said more than
20, 000 children under the age of five
also die
daily from hunger. Share
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