Oyo Govt Seals Industrial Facility Over Pollution

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Oyo State Government has sealed a facility engaging in the recycling of waste tyres, to produce Pyrolysis oil, Carbon Black and Steel Wire as byproducts.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resource, Architect Abdulmojeed Olawale Mogbonjubola said the move is in the government’s efforts at ensuring conformity and adherence by companies, industrial firms, and corporate bodies, to acceptable worldwide, and state Environmental Laws.

Architect Mogbonjubola said during several routine monitoring to the company, by Ministry Officials, it was discovered that the pyrolysis process had led to unhealthy emissions, with  Flora sighted within and outside of the facility, and stained with Carbon black, which consequently  is hazardous to human health. 

The Commissioner pointed out that aside from the facility being stained with the Carbon Black, the company had no evidence of engagement with solid waste Contractor, while also the workers are exposed to high risk.

He noted that there was no provisions for personal protective equipment PPE, nor evidence of health scheme for staffs in all sections of production, adding there was no portable water, and air quality measured as at the time of visits, was beyond the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) limits.

Architect Mogbonjubola emphasized that, earlier, the Ministry had instructed the facility management to engage the services of needed experts, to put every recommendations and mitigation measures given to it, by the Ministry in place, especially, the engagement of services of a certified safety officer, and do proper housekeeping. 

According to the Commissioner,  Shri-Balaji Industry Limited had earlier been culpable and sanctioned with a fine of One Million, and Five Hundred Thousand Naira only, to be paid to  Government coffers, which it declined.

Architect Mogbonjubola,  however, expressed his displeasure over the Non-compliance disposition of some facility owners, industries, companies and corporate organizations to  existing extant rules and regulations. He emphasized that the present administration would not in any way compromise standards, nor tolerate violators of Environmental Health laws of the state.

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