The House of Representatives has passed a Bill banning the use of plastic bags in the country.
The Lawmakers, passing the Bill says it will address the challenges of waste management and protect the environment.
The Bill bans the use, manufacture and import of plastic bags, for commercial and household packaging.
It mandates retailers to provide customers with a paper bag at the point of sale.
Anyone found violating the ban, according to the Bill, will pay a maximum fine of n500, 000 or three year jail term, or both.
The Bill also prescribes a n5 million fine for defaulting companies.
Meanwhile, the house has passed a Bill stopping the existing dichotomy between holders of First Degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) in the same profession.
The Bill seeking to end the discrimination between holders of First Degree and HND Certificate was passed by the Lawmakers during the Tuesday Plenary.
The Bill, was jointly sponsored by two Lawmakers, Edward Pwajok and Ali Isa
The Bill had passed the second reading since April 2017.