Lagos Assembly Slams Nigerite Over Neglect Of School


Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have taken a swipe at Nigerite, an aluminium manufacturing company located in Ikeja, over the neglect of a school fence destroyed as a result of lack of proper channelisation of water from the company.

The lawmakers were angry at the company for leaving out Anifowose Primary School while rebuilding their own fence which was also destroyed by the water from the company.


Chairman Ad-hoc Committee on Flood Disaster in the state, Hon. Abiodun Tobun, who paid a visit with other lawmakers to the scene and other areas in Ikeja affected by flood, advised th company located at Oba Akran Avenue, to be more proactive in its social responsibility.

Hon. Tobun advised that the company should be more active in its social responsibility to the community in which it operates, saying that the gesture would strengthen the relationship between government and the private sector in the state.

He disclosed that investigations had revealed that it was the storm water from the company that pulled down the school fence, and should therefore take the responsibility to repair the collapsed fence.

He therefore issued a four-week ultimatum to the company to repair all the damage done to the school premises or face the wrath of the law.

He also informed residents of Anifowose to be more environmental friendly, saying that the state government would not hesitate to deal with anybody found dumping refuse into the drainage channel.

Responding, the Public Relations Officer of Nigerite Company, Mr. Oyeniyi Abiodun, promised that as soon as the company gives approval, they would immediately channel the company’s waste water towards the railway tunnel.

He claimed that effort to get approval was in progress, adding that the company in the meantime had notified the engineers of the Nigerian Railway Corporation to allow Nigerite Company construct underground drainage that would allow flow of water discharged from the company into the appropriate drainage channel.

The Chairman of the Committee also visited Abeokuta Street in Anifowose where a building was constructed on the drainage and subsequently blocked the flow of water.

He said that the House would make a recommendation of its findings to the appropriate quarters.

Earlier, the Committee had visited Ogundimu Community in Iju-Ishaga area where construction work by the Lagos State Metropolitan Authority, LAMATA, is ongoing.

Hon. Tobun during the tour observed the agony of the residents in this area over the project and advised the contractor handling the projects to re-channel discharged water from Isale-Oro Street and Iju Water Works to the Iju River instead of Iju-Ajuwon Road.

By Eromosele Ebhomele

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