By JP Ashedzi
In the Sagamu area of Ogun State, a recycling company has been shut down by the State Government through the state’s Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA), on Sunday, for deliberate industrial pollution which exposed residents to danger.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, said the company,Maths Metal Recycling Limited, was issued several warnings for polluting the environment with contaminated oil but they refused to seek caution.
Newsmen gathered that the recycling company punctured a passage at the back of its premises to discharge the waste to the environment instead of installing retention tanks within the company, where the bad oil and other solvents were supported to be treated.
Oresanya said, “By doing this, the management of Maths Metal has not only caused pollution but has also committed a criminal act that is punishable under the Ogun State Environmental Sanitation Laws as their deliberate action has adversely affected residents of community living around them.
“The state government will now have to establish the extent of damage done to the well-being of members of the community especially the percolation of the contaminated oil on their underground water”, Oresanya added.
According to him, the state government will determine if the situation of the polluted environment can be corrected after strict assessments and the recycling company will foot the bill for the course, while other disciplinary actions may be considered as a deterrent.
He also reiterates government resolve to backlist consultants that connived with the company to commit the infractions and threatened to report them to the Federal Government authorities for possible nationwide sanctions.
Oresanya also warned other industries and environmental violators to desist from the illegal act as it would not be business as usual again in the state. He made it known that the state government would not shy away from protecting her residents especially the vulnerable ones from any environmental hazards.