DTHA Passes Resolution to Prohibit Use of Styrofoam in Delta

By Favour Okafor

The Delta State House of Assembly has passed a Resolution calling on Governor Sheriff Oborevwori to prohibit the use of Styrofoam also known as Polystyrene used in the form of cups, plates or any form of packaging for food or beverages in the state.
The Resolution was sequel to debate by the Lawmakers.

The motion which was initiated and moved by the Minority Leader and member representing Uvwie constituency, Honourable Edafe Emakpor and seconded by the member representing Burutu1 constituency and minority whip, Honourable Epitome Alapala, amongst other requests, urged the House to call on the State governor to direct the Ministries of Health, Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources and other relevant Government Agencies to immediately prohibit the use of Styrofoam in any public place in the state.

The resolution aims to prevent an impending health and environmental disaster resulting from the usage of styrofoam, engage manufacturers and distributors of Styrofoam in the state to produce an alternative disposable paper cups and plates or food packaging that is healthy and environmentally friendly, constitute a task force to monitor and enforce compliance as well as direct the Ministry of Information and the State Bureau for Orientation to sensitize and educate Deltans on the dangers associated with the use of Styrofoam.

Citing relevant sections of the Constitution which empowers government to protect lives and properties of its citizens, the Minority Leader said it was part of the State Assembly’s oversight function to make laws or pass Resolutions that are beneficial to Deltans.
He said in a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) it warned against the use of this product as it was not only Cancerous but environmentally unhealthy.

Other law markers who spoke in support of the motion said Western countries have placed a ban on the product and as such Nigeria should do same.
They also noted that States like Lagos, Oyo and Abia has moved against its usage and Delta should do same.

Thanking lawmakers for their support the Speaker the Right Honourable Emomotimi Guwor also urged the House Committee on Legislative Compliance to work with Executive to ensure strict compliance.

In another development the Speaker, Right Honourable Emomotimi Guwor played host to the Nigeria Bar Association Asaba branch who paid him a familiarization visit in his office.
The Speaker assured the. Association that the State Assembly was ready to work with them

The chairman of the branch, Precious Nwadimoya had earlier on behalf of the association sued for synergy with the State Legislature.


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