Ogun shuts factory over environmental pollution

The Ogun State government has sealed up an agro-processing company, Supreme Agro Limited in Igbesa, Ado Odo Local Government Area of the state for serious industrial pollution that has reportedly destroyed the ecosystem of their host community.

PUNCH Healthwise gathered that the shutting down of the company was due to several complaints from the Igbesa Community and subsequent verification and warnings by the Ogun State Environmental Task Force.

The state’s Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya said the company despite their earlier denial was found guilty of industrial pollution as it discharges its untreated waste water into the community which has greatly affected the well-being of residents of the area.

According to the Oresanya, rather than installing effluent plants that would contain the wastewater and remove hazardous components before discharging them to surrounding water bodies, the company bye- passed the plant and discharged the waste water directly into the community which has constituted an eyesore and impacted negatively on the environment.

Oresanta added, “This is a very selfish and callous behavior on the part of the company because this waste water has hazardous components such as heavy metals in them as well as carcinogenic materials and chemicals which when they get to the environment becomes injurious to the people leading to unwarranted deaths.

“The state government will not look away from such behavior which will impact negatively on the well-being of their host community.”

The commissioner, however, insisted that the company would remain shut until it restored the environment back to normal and be more responsible in its production processes.

The Commissioner also commended the Igbesa Traditional Council for notifying the state government of the unethical environmental practices of the company, urging other councils, communities, residents, and public-spirited individuals to join the state government in enthroning proper environmental governance statewide.

Oresanya warned companies operating in the state that while the government will continue to provide an enabling environment for them to operate as the industrial capital of the country, it will not tolerate any carelessness in their production processes.

He stressed that companies across the state must be sensitive to their immediate environment and do the right things all the time as the state government will always reward companies that operate in accordance with global environmental best practices.

SOURCE: PUNCH

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