26th May, 2010
The Lagos State Government has shut down six companies including Intercontinental Bank Plc branch and Globacom Warehouse for allegedly constituting environmental nuisance in their areas of location.
Intercontinental Bank Plc, Mushin Branch and others were shut in some parts of Lagos State, Nigeria by officials of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) and the taskforce on Monday.
LASEPA officers with the taskforce stormed Intercontinental Bank Plc at Mushin early in the day and sealed up the bank for failure to comply with the terms of abatement notices served on the company to provide and clear blocked drains in front of its facility.
The bank also failed to comply with the provision of LASEPA edict No. 10 of 1997 as well as poor aesthetic look of its environment.
As for the Globacom Warehouse located opposite Jagal Close, Ikosi Road, Ikeja, was shut down for failing to observe the monthly industrial sanitation exercise; poor environment and failure to comply with the provision of LASEPA Edict No. 10 of 1997.
Also shut down is Famad Nigeria Limited on Ikorodu Road over the same reason as that of Globacom Warehouse. Nuplas Industry Limited, 6, Kolawole Shonibare Street, Ajao Estate was shut for committing the same offence.
Sky Industries Limited on Osolo Road was shut down for refusing to carry out the monthly sanitation exercise and failure to comply with the agencyâ€™s edict while African Fisheries Limited in the same area committed the same offence and was shut.
Others shut are Crownstar Investment located at 19, Kolawole Shonibare Street, Ajao Estate and Sadwanis Nigeria Limited also at Ajao Estate.Â Their offences were that they failed to clean up their environment and failed to comply with LASEPA Edict.
According to the General Manager, LASEPA, Engr. Rasheed Shabi, the agency over a period of time investigated complaints on sanitation and environmental nuisance caused by the operations of the companies which resulted in pollution of the environment and decided to shut them down.
He lamented that despite the issuance of abatement of nuisance notices, the nuisance remained unabated leaving the government with no other option than to act swiftly to rescue the environment.
The affected companies will not be opened until they comply with the environmental laws of the state.
However, P.M.NEWS gathered that Intercontinental Bank Plc was later re-opened after the management of the bank met with the management of LASEPA with a promise to keep their environment in order.