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Ogun seals 3 more companies over environmental infractions

Ogun State Taskforce Officials Shut One of the Industries Photo: OGSG

*Ola Oresanya, Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, declares Ruili Recycling Limited, Robust International PTE Limited and Star Pipe Limited will remain shut until they correct all the identified lapses and operate according to best global environmental standards being adopted across the state

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of its continued efforts at laying solid foundation for environmental best practices in the state, the Ogun State Government (OGSG) has shut three additional companies for various environmental infractions in the ‘Gateway State’.

The companies are Ruili Recycling Limited, Mowe, Robust International PTE Limited also in Mowe and Star Pipe Limited, Sagamu.

Commenting on the state government’s ordering the closure of the affected industries, Ola Oresanya, Honourable Commissioner for Environment, said Ruili Recycling, a pet bottles recycling company, was found guilty of discharging its wastes and storm water into their immediate environment, especially on the premises of Christopher University.

Oresanya stated the development has exposed the University’s students to avoidable danger as well as the company’s refusal to obtain a drainage approval to properly channel the unwanted water to appropriate place.

The Commissioner also noted that the company has been burning all its solid wastes within its premises, contrary to the state’s Environmental Laws.

The practice, he stated, is exposing its workers and residents of the company’s immediate communities to toxic and hazardous pollution as well as operating in a filthy environment.

As regards Robust International PTE, Oresanya said the company “illegally demolished a fence bounding them with the same Christopher University”, so as to reclaim some portion of land and subsequently divert all storm water to the premises of the institution as well as their failure to heed government’s directives for proper remediation.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, therefore, said the state government would not fold its hands and watch the two industries expose the students of the institution and residents of their immediate communities to suffer from their careless environmental infractions while they feel unconcerned.

On Star Pipe Limited, in Sagamu area of the state, Oresanya said the company was shut after the Management refused entreaties to install effluent treatment plants into their facilities as they discharge raw and hydrolic acid into the company’s immediate environment.

According to him, this has led to contamination of ground water of these communities, making the water unsafe and unhygienic for human consumption.

The Commissioner added that the three companies will remain shut until they correct all the lapses detected as the state government is not interested in closing them down but for them to operate according to the best global environmental standards which the state government has adopted.

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