Nigeria's House of Representatives adopted a bill prohibiting the use, manufacture, and importation of plastic bags for commercial and household packaging on Tuesday, May 21. The bill has already been passed by the Senate. With the adoption of this bill, punishment for those found in violation of the law includes a fine not to exceed NGN 500,000 (about USD 1405), a jail term not exceeding three years, or both.
If the proposed legislation is signed into law by the president, Nigeria will join more than 60 other countries to have banned, partly banned, or taxed single-use plastic bags. Many African countries, such as South Africa, Rwanda, and Kenya have already banned plastic carrier bags. Kenya's law mandates a four-year prison sentence or a fine of USD 40,000 for violating the ban. The Tanzanian government recently announced an official ban on all plastic carrier bags beginning June 1.
Individuals in Nigeria are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all regulations issued by local authorities.
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