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FG approves N1.99bn CNG vehicles, N985m body scanners for NDLEA

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N1.99 billion for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to procure 33 Mikano CNG-powered vehicles to enhance its counter-narcotic operations.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Lateef Fagbemi told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting chaired by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu that the council also approved the procurement of firearms and ammunition worth $1.442 million to strengthen NDLEA’s fight against drug trafficking.

He said the council also approved the purchase of two body scanners to be deployed at the Abuja and Lagos international airports at N985 million.

“We submitted three items to the council on NDLEA. FEC approved procurement of 33 Mikano motor vehicles CNG to boost the operation of NDLEA, Council considered and approved.

“Approval for NDLEA for procurement of fire arms ammunition and counter narcotics for the sum of $1.442 billion.

“The procurement of two units of body scanners for use both at Abuja and International Airports at N985 million,” he said.

…Okays ban of single-use plastics in MDAs

In a related development, FEC has approved a ban on single-use plastics in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government to address the environmental pollution caused by the perennial issue of plastic items in the country.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Environment, Iziaq Salako, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting.

He said the ban was part of the Tinubu administration’s broader plastic waste management strategy to tackle the triple threats of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

He said plastic waste often clogs drainages and contributes to flooding by polluting the ocean and affecting human health and the environment.

He said the ban was part of the administration’s efforts to promote responsible plastic waste management by refusing, reducing, reusing, repurposing and recycling.

“The federal ministry of environment proposed and the federal executive council approved the at the ban on the use of on the go plastics, what we know as single use plastics in all ministries, agencies and departments of the federal governments. This is in line with the 2022 national policy on from gas to waste management.

“We must say that the discussion in EXCO was very smooth because all members of EXCO, including Mr President was very enthusiastic about this ban.

“This ban is also in line with the commitment of Mr. President to ensure that Nigeria plays its part in ensuring that the triple crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss is frontally address.

“As you know, plastic is one of the key challenges that we face when we go to our drains. And when we talk about issue of flooding, we find out that plastic waste is heavily criminated.

“You also find out that plastic pollution is a major issue in our oceans, is a major issue affecting human health affecting our environment.

“So in order for us to adequately and properly use all the five principles of sustainability in terms of refusing, reducing, reusing, repurposing and recycling council has approved that with some framework being put in place that will be no longer use of single use plastics, with all ministries, departments and agencies of governments.

“Of course, this is to serve as a leading by example, to the Nigerian populace so that we know that we have to be environmentally responsible and use plastic waste very, very responsibly,” he said.