Federal government says one point five million tonnes of plastic wastes generated annually in Nigeria is posing a threat to food safety and quality.
The Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, who disclosed this at a webinar on Youth Response to Plastic Pollution, said Nigeria is grappling with the challenges of sustainable management of plastic wastes.
According to her, plastic pollution is presently one of the most pressing global environmental problems facing mankind, affecting land and marine environment.
It also threatens ocean health, food safety and quality, human health, coastal tourism, and contributes to climate change.
In Nigeria, about one point five million tonnes of plastic wastes are generated every year and less than ten per cent is recycled.