By; NICHOLAS DEKERA, Kaduna.
The Kaduna State House of Assembly has commended the Nigerian Breweries, Kaduna Petrochemical and Refining Company (KRPC) and few other companies operating in Kaduna for creating and operating in very hygienic conditions.
Speaking Wednesday on budget performance and oversight functions, the House Committee Chairman on Environment, Honorable Labari Tella representing Jema’a Constituency maintained that Nigerian Breweries and few companies are environmentally compliant.
According to the House Committee on Environment, Nigerian Breweries were outstanding followed by Kaduna Refinery and Petrol Chemical Company (KRSPC) and Peugeot Automobile Nigeria. The House also commended 7UP Coca-cola for also making conscious effort at improving on their Hygienic levels.
“For oversights, we have gone out to both private companies and
Government agencies. We have gone to KRPC, Nigerian Breweries, PEPSI, COCA-COLA, PEUGEOT and other places. In fact most of these places have high level environmental compliant especially Nigerian Breweries, KRPC and Peugeot Automobile. We went there and they took us round, where they conduct their activities and we made some observations and they were ready to take corrections but so far so good things are getting better’’ Tella added.
On budget performance, he said “so far so good, the level of budget performance by the Ministry is fair enough even though part of their responsibility is being handled by Government House. But I hope the Governor will look at the issues involve and give the ministry full authority to operate’’.
“Like the woman that is handling refuse evacuation, she had some challenges at one point because there are areas specifically assigned to her and the Ministry at several occasions will tell you they are not the ones handling such areas. But we are trying to see how the whole process can be harmonized but for now she is performing fairly good because if funds are disburse adequately to her she will even do more. So we are appealing to government to also pay the three months outstanding so that she can continue the good job’’
On Erosion and Flood, “The Government has also made provision for erosion control mechanism in the budget, and adequate monies have been voted for that, this was why the state Government flagged off the cleaning of the River banks here in Kaduna and that will also improve the control of flood because once the River banks are clean there is free flow of water’’ he added.
The House Committee also called on Stakeholders to work strictly by the budget, appealing to the State Government to release funds for effective implementation stressing that without a clean environment, people will always have health challenges.
“The Government should also provide funds to take care of the local Governments too’’ he added.