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Ogun enforces installation of ETPs in 15 industries

As part of its measures to address pollution and safeguard the environment, the Ogun State government says it has compelled more than 15 industries across the industrial regions of the State to install effective effluent treatment plants (ETP) to take care of their waste water.

The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, who made this disclosure while granting an interview with journalists to commemorate the 2018 World Water Day, said the State government had become more aggressive in enforcing the obligatory duty of industrial facilities to install ETPs to protect the state’s ground and surface water bodies.

Oyeleye said that release of toxic substances from industrial processes to the environment portends long term effects that could be detrimental to the health of the people, adding that the State’s status as industrial hub of the country had mandated the Ministry to be alive to its core responsibility of monitoring effluent discharge of industries.

“Within the last three years, more than fifteen industries had been compelled to put in place ETP while several others have had to either expand the capacity of existing ones or reactivate them. Presently, several others are on the verge of full compliance with this requirement,” he said.

The Commissioner noted that the unregulated exploitation of groundwater in the State had serious consequences for the environment, saying this had become imperative for the State government to introduce water abstraction regulations for the benefit of the future generations.

“Groundwater is something that we need all over the world. Humans and animals need water in order to survive as our bodies could not function without it. However, the uncontrolled and unregulated use of groundwater is replete with serious consequences. This becomes imperative for us to safeguard ourselves and children for these consequences”, he said.

In a separate interview, the Ogun State Director, National Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr. Kayode Fagboyo said that manufacturers of table water must follow acceptable good manufacturing practices in order to produce quality water, adding that protection of people’s health and safeguarding the environment must not be left solely in the hands of government agencies.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.