30th June, 2014
The Lagos State government at the weekend shut down five companies, an oil bunkering depot and several shops across Lagos over environmental degradation.
Officials of the Zero Tolerance Department of the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, escorted by policemen from the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, stormed several areas in the state to enforce the closure.
Areas where the enforcement were carried out are Surulere, Ijesha, Cele, Ballet, Anthony and Jibowu. The enforcement was led by the Assistant Chief Scientific Officer, Ministry of the Environment, Ademola Adegbite.
At Anthony area, Bertola Machine Tool Limited was shut down for degrading the environment with heavy duty equipment stationed along the road. The company was shut after it failed to comply with the notice served them by the Environment Ministry.
At Jibowu area, two transport companies were shut down for degrading the environment. They are Bonway Motors Nigeria Limited and Ifesinachi Motor Industry Nigeria Limited.
While Bonway Motors was shut for parking and loading on walkway and roadside, Ifesinachi was shut for deliberate channelization of human faeces into drainage channel. The company has a machine which it used in pumping the faeces right into the drainage channel. After failing to comply with the abatement notice served, the company was shut down.
At Ballet area on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, a car dealer and Transglobal Logistics Company, dealing in caterpillars and other heavy duty equipment were shutdown. The two companies parked their vehicles on the walkways and did not abate the nuisance after they were served, leading to their being shut down.
At Ijesha area, three shops dealing in chemicals were also sealed as the shops were sited on road setback. A cabin on road setback and some shanties at Mile 2 area were also sealed.
An illegal oil bunkering joint along La Casera Road, Alaba was shut down for environmental degradation. The illegal bunkering joint has totally degraded the environment with diesel and fuel. Over five shops behind the bunkering joint were also sealed for not complying with the environmental laws of the state.
At Eric Moore, Surulere, a mast belonging to Glo Nigeria Company was shut, while in Ikate, about eight shops were sealed. The eight shops sealed had displayed their wares on the gutter, thus, emptying their waste into the gutter.
Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello had warned that the government would no longer tolerate illegal activities of people degrading the environment, vowing to shut down any shop, company and others that breached the environmental laws of the state.
According to him, the affected places shut were duly notified to abate the nuisance to their environment but that they did not comply, which led to their closure until they comply.