The House of Representatives has prohibited the use, manufacture and importation of plastic bags in the country.
Specifically, the green chamber recommended that a retailer should instead of plastic bag, offer a paper bag to customer at any point of sale.
However, it stipulated that any retailer who provides customer with the plastic product is guilty of an offence and must be sanctioned.
Also, the lawmakers stated that any person who manufactures plastic bag for purpose of selling and that anyone who imports the bag whether as a carryout bag or for sale should be penalised.
The decision of the House followed a consideration of report by committee of the whole on an Act to among other things ban the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging.
The green chamber explained that the bill cited as Plastic Bags Prohibition Bill, 2018, is necessitated to address the harmful impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes, forests, environment, wildlife and human beings and to relieve pressure on landfills and waste management.
However, the House issued penalties that any person found guilty of the offence is liable to conviction to a fine of not more than N5,000 or imprisonment for not more than three years.
Also, it outlined that any company that violates the law shall on conviction be liable to a fine of N5 million.
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