Comments by DEPO ADENLE
These comments are on the PM News report which is shown below.
The step being taken by Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency(LSEPA) has been long overdue. While congratulating LSEPA, it needs to be said that it will need to do more in the area of policing pollution.
I once visited a friend at Anthony Village in the mid-seventies and the hand dug well they were using was showing traces of human feces.The Agency needs to commence enforcing the National Policy on the location of boreholes or water wells with respect to minimum distance from a septic tank/soak-away.
Discharges into the lagoons also need to policed.
Recently I watched a TV programme in which NNPC was discussing with some residents of an area near the Ikeja Air Port what it plans to do about the migration of aviation fuel into the boreholes in the area. It was mentioned in that TV programme that a geophysicist was to be employed to map out the extent of the plume of this groundwater contaminant. I feel that the State should insist on an array of boreholes to continually monitor this pollution. The consequence of ingesting hydrocarbon compounds, which are carcinogens cannot be overemphasized.
Furthermore, LSEPA should start a programme of monitoring all petrol stations with respect to leakages from their underground storage tanks(USTs), because these are buried in unconsolidated coastal sands. These petrol stations are all over residential areas where people use shallow wells for their domestic activities. Delay is dangerous.
Pollution: Lagos Shuts 2 Churches, 6 Companies
Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, shut the affected places after serving them abatement notices, which they failed to comply.
The enforcement was led by Mr. Kayode Bello, Director of Enforcement, LASEPA, with a back up from the police.
The churches and companies shut include Eureka Metals Limited and Primlaks Galvanising Industries located at Ladipo Oluwole, Ikeja; Christ Victoria Chapel at Iyana Ipaja; and Christ Chosen Church of God, Onipanu.
Others are Wingham Furniture, Abule-Egba; Tin Oil Limited, Muritala Mohammed Way, Yaba; Ikorodu Industrial Steel, Odogunyan, Ikorodu and a bakery in Mushin.
Christ Victoria Chapel and Christ Chosen Church of God were shut over noise pollution after they were warned to abate the nuisanceand they failed to do so.
Primlaks Galvanising Industries in Ikeja was shut for emitting particulate matter and black soot into the environment, thereby polluting the area as well as extreme noise pollution, while also discharging and releasing hot slurry/sludge waste from the furnace into the environment.
It was also observed that the company had poor spent oil management, leading to discharge into public drainage; poor ventilation and exposure of staff to heat and poor aesthetics of environment.
LASEPA General Manager, Engr. Rasheed Shabi, said the company’s action constituted health hazard to workers and contributed to the environmental degradation, thereby contravening the provisions of LASEPA Law of 2003, which attract appropriate fines and penalties.
The company was fined N5 million and given seven days to remedy the situation, but it failed to comply, which eventually resulted in its closure on Thursday.
Another company, Eureka Metals Limited committed the same offence as Primlaks. The company was ordered to install an abatement plant to adequately collect the metallic particulate and soot emitted into the environment; install noise dampers around machines/equipment and generators and adequate collection of spent oil to prevent its discharge into the environment. The company failed to carry out the order, which led to its closure.
According to Shabi, after warning the affected companies, “their proprietors went about sending people to us. There is nobody above the law. Before we reopen them, they must put our recommendations in place.”
He stated that government would not in any way compromise the laid down standard and laws of the state governing pollution of the environment.