Pollution: Lagos Shuts 2 Churches, 6 Companies

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.

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Pollution: Lagos Shuts 2 Churches, 6 Companies

PM News, May 24, 2013.  
The Lagos State Government has shut down two churches and six companies over cases of environmental pollution in various parts of the state in southwest Nigeria.

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.

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2 responses to “Pollution: Lagos Shuts 2 Churches, 6 Companies

  1. CONCERNED RESIDENT OF MOMRA AND ADISA BASHUA

    March 13, 2015

    The Executive Governor of Lagos State,
    Governor’s Office Complex,
    Alausa – Ikeja,
    Lagos State.

    Your Excellency,

    COMMUNAL PETITION
    COMPLAINT AGAINST UNAUTHORISED/ILLEGAL CONVERSION OF USE OF STRUCTURE AND ABUSE OF THE ENVIRONMENT BY PROPHET KOLAWOLE ODUWAIYE UNDER THE GUISE OF RELIGION

    We are Residents of Mojisola Close,Mercy Eneli,Ogun Street,Bereola and Adisa Bashua Masha, Surulere, Lagos State (hereinafter referred to as “THE CONCERNED RESIDENT”) formally write to register our displeasure over the unwholesome activities of the above-named person and his church – Celestial Church of Christ which has given all of us a serious cause for concern.

    The premises of the church was initially a residential apartment occasionally used as a small house fellowship centre which has grown over the years and it has become a very big church whose activities cannot even be controlled by the owner – the prophet. And this has brought very serious inconvenience to the residents of The Community and adjoining communities.

    The church premises is by the Sub-Canal Drainage servicing Adelabu, Bereola,Calabar Adisa Bashua through Mojisola Close unto Mercy Eneli to the Gogoro main canal and we gathered on good authority that plans to expand the church building to accommodate high influx of worshippers have been concluded by the Prophet and approval given by Lagos State.
    The front wall of the church has encroached beyond what others have on their Land surveys, whilst the left has not observed the drainage set back laws of Lagos State. It is also on good authority that he is planning to use a play area/Flood Plain on Mojisola close as a temporary church( which is by the sub canal/drainage) whilst he construct the bigger church. In fact, materials to that effect have been procured and moved to site.

    We contend that if allowed, this will further worsen and/or hamper free flow of water in the canal and that can cause serious flooding of the entire area/community and increase breeding ground for mosquitoes. There is also the danger of Electrocution should their be continous unabated flooding; should the flood plain be allowed to be used as a church.

    Besides, we are currently suffering from excessive noise pollution, air pollution as a result of massive burning of incense by the church causing resident to always close their windows always no matter the weather, indiscriminate dumping of waste, indecent exposure and urination by their members, indiscriminate parking of vehicles during their services and obstruction of vehicular and human traffic in and around the Close and neighbouring streets, utilizing the Close as his parking lots for so many unregistered vehicles because the subject also sells vehicles, insecurity of life/properties, unscheduled services, spraying of very strong and offensive fragrances at odd hours, conducting all forms of rituals such as bathing on the close at odd hours, pouring of Corn/millet and strange liquid on the entire street at odd hours of the night and general nuisance.

    It would be recalled that in 2009 some shanties located within the area around the Drainage including 2 churches and a Mosque were demolished by the Lagos State Government’s Ministry of Environment, and we do not see any reason why this one should have been exempted.

    It is also on record that, the beautification of the environment including interlocking stones in the entire close, landscaping, Lawn Tennis Court, Basket Ball court, Electricity, General Infrastructure etc which project was commissioned by a former Lagos State Commissioner for Environment in the person of Mr. Muis Banire by an individual. The provision of the facilities was highly commended by the Government. Regrettably, today, the facilities are grossly being abused by the church congregation.

    It is our belief that the Lagos State Government and indeed any reasonable government would not permit the building of a church auditorium and/or operation of such an organization in purely residential area without Environmental Impact Assessment/Analysis being conducted. The entire length of the close is less than 120meters and less than 25-30meters in breath. Should there be any form of emergency, rescue and evacuation will be difficult if not impossible because it’s A SMALL CLOSE.

    Again, we reiterate the fact that the entire area is purely residential and so the location of a church such as the one under consideration is not only odd but violates modern/known town planning rules and regulations – where activities such as religious should not be located within a Close residential area without Thorough Fare and on Less-than-a-plot of land.

    Sir, we cannot fold our hands and watch this man turn the whole place upside down. Therefore, we humbly urge Your Excellency to please use your good office to prevail on the relevant Government Agencies, Ministries or Department to come to our aid, call this man to order and to stop any further use of premises as a church. As law-abiding citizens of Lagos State of Nigeria, we do not want to take the laws into our hands by confronting him and is congregation directly otherwise that can result in chaos or loss of life and properties.

    It is pertinent to note also that the inhabitants of The Community consist of both Christians and Muslims and we desire to continue to live in peace with one another devoid of any conflict which the activities of the church is capable of generating if nothing urgently is done to curtail their excesses. All (99%) of the Church members are non resident of our community.

    We also suspect the legitimacy of is purported C of O for a church which was dated within the last few years when he is not a primary Allottee not to talk of the recent Building plan Approval said to have been gotten from the State.

    Once again, we use this medium to invite the relevant Authorities to the area to see things for itself.

    Thank you Sir.

    Yours faithfully,
    For: THE CONCERNED RESIDENT

    Alhaja Gbajabiamila………………………………………….

    Niyi O.A ……………………………………………………………..

    Victor C. N ………………………………………………………….

    Kunle. O …………………………………………………………….

    Zino T. ……………………………………………………………….

    Kunle K. …………………………………………………………….

    Oghene M. …………………………………………………………

    Adeniyi A……………………………………………………………

    Koleosho ……………………………………………………………

    cc: GM, LASEPA
    Commissioner for Environment- Ministry of Environment
    Ministry of Physical Planning
    PS, Ministry of Lands
    Lagos State Building Control Agency

    • Dear Mr. Ola,

      You have taken the right action by voicing your opinion and copying the GM, LASEPA. I am sure the GM will do something about it because his agency did something commendable in 2013 when “The Lagos State Government has shut down two churches and six companies over cases of environmental pollution in various parts of the state.”

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