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Ogun govt shuts 3 companies over environmental pollution

As part of its continued efforts at laying a solid foundation for environmental best practices in the state, Ogun State government has shut down three companies for various environmental infractions.

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

According to Ogun Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, Ruili Recycling, a company engaged in recycling pet bottles was shut down because it was discovered that it was discharging its wastes and stormwater into its immediate environment, especially into the premises of Christopher University.

He said this exposed the students to avoidable danger. The Commissioner added that the company has also refused to obtain drainage approval to properly channel the unwanted water to the appropriate place.

The company was also discovered to be burning all its solid wastes within its premises contrary to the state’s environmental laws, thereby exposing its workers and residents of its immediate communities to toxic and hazardous pollution as well as operating in a filthy environment.

For Robust International PTE, Oresanya said the company illegally demolished a fence bounding them with the same Christopher University to reclaim some portion of land and subsequently divert all stormwater to the premises of the institution.

He added that the company also failed to heed the government’s directives for proper remediation.

He therefore said the state government will 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.

For Star Pipe Limited, Sagamu, 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 their immediate environment.

This he said has led to the contamination of the groundwater of their host communities, thus making the water unsafe and unhygienic.

The Commissioner added that the three companies will remain shut until they correct all the lapses detected.

He added that while the state government is not interested in closing them, they must operate according to the best global environmental standards which the state government has adopted.