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Reps pass bill to ban plastic bags, prescribe 3-year jail term for sale

Reps pass bill to ban plastic bags, prescribe 3-year jail term for sale
May 21
14:43 2019

The house of representatives on Tuesday passed a bill banning plastic bags in the country.

The lawmakers said the bill is to among other things address waste management and protect the environment.

The Plastic bag prohibition bill provides for: “An act to prohibit the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging in order to address harmful impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes, forests, environment as well as human beings and also to relieve pressure on landfills and waste management and for other related matters.”

The bill states that a retailer shall offer a paper bag to the customer at the point of sale.


It describes as an offence: failure to provide customers with paper bags, manufacturing plastic bags for the purpose of selling, and importing plastic bags “whether as a carryout bag or for sale”.

According to the bill, any person found guilty of the offences shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding N500,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both such fine and imprisonment.

It also prescribes a fine of N5 million to companies guilty of the offences.


Contributing to the motion on the bill, Tahir Monguno from Borno state said plastic bags have had an adverse effect on Nigeria’s environment.

He said: “Nowadays we have a lot of plastic bags in our water bodies and they are adversely affected. So the bill seeks to regulate plastic bags to reduce the adverse effect on our environment.”

Yusuf Lasun, deputy speaker, however expressed concern that the bill does not provide for recycling.

“There should be room for recycling. Because by this bil, you are simply saying that plastic materials should not be seen anywhere, he said, adding: “And this would mean the need for another amendment. Recycling is still part of cleaning environment.”


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  1. Daddy
    Daddy May 21, 19:39

    Misplaced priority. Why not 5 year jail term for treasury looting and corruption? You always feel good punishing the down-trodden. If i were you, I’d call for reduction in your earnings, stop former governors from feeding off states after leaving office, generally redraft the federal constitution. Nigeria is sick. We as a people must rebuild it.

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  2. Bario computers
    Bario computers May 22, 04:08

    The bill is good and timely, but there many laws to be passed that need to nail politicians too. Any bill that tends to go against the vulnerable are quick to see the light of the day while that of your categories are always dead on arrival

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  3. Telle plast
    Telle plast May 22, 13:49

    We are truly a people without Clear priorities, I’m in the flexible packaging business and have over 300 people directly employed and our lawmakers have just sent them into the unemployment market. Congratulations at least you have achieved something! Hopefully you will wake up to address the myriad of other challenges that affects the country that requires legislation to impact on Nigerian lives. We are a joke when we copy we always adopt the worst.

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  4. Egbe
    Egbe May 22, 21:57

    Nigeria is a mess up country, do they realized how many millions of people depending on nylon and plastic businesses to survive for living?

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