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LASEPA ISSUES STOP WORK ORDER TO TWO STEEL AND IRON COMPANIES IN IKORODU

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

Sun Flag and Top Steel, two steel and iron manufacturing enterprises in Ikorodu, have been issued a “stop-work” order by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, for violating safety laws and permitted environmental norms.

Dr. Adedolapo Fasawe, the General Manager who led the enforcement team to the two enterprises, denounced the filthy and dangerous working conditions, as personnel were witnessed performing their responsibilities with little regard for the safety of their coworkers and the surrounding community.

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She called the situation at the facilities “grave,” citing the negative impact on the immediate and long-term well-being of those working and living in the area, particularly children, the elderly, and the infirm, who are disproportionately affected by the gross mismanagement of the shared environment.

The General Manager revealed that the visit to the factories was in response to complaints received from residents, environmental monitoring data, and the outcome of surveillance conducted by LASEPA three days prior to the official visit, while decrying the inherent risk of explosions, fires, and other public safety concerns owing to the poor state of the environment.

“The tour found that the majority of activities in the Ikorodu industrial area do not comply with Lagos State environmental requirements, as well as worldwide best practices in terms of industrial waste management and circularity,” she said. We will continue to do everything in our power as a government to ensure that air quality is acceptable and that industrial activities have no harmful impact on land, soil, flora, or fauna.”

“The Lagos State government, led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, encourages recycling, but not at the price of people’s lives or the environment. Many of the recycling machinery here at the two enterprises are antiquated, badly maintained, and unfit for current and future environmental regulations. This is because they emit enormous amounts of noxious gases, fumes, and other toxic substances as a result of prioritizing profit over the environment and people, according to the LASEPA director.

The State Government, in collaboration with the World Bank, has established six pilot Air Quality Monitoring Stations in Akoka, Jakara-Island, Ipaja, Ikeja, Lekki, and Ikorodu, to track all vital air quality indices and provide data on the distribution and flow of pollution events from source to receptors.

Before being considered for reopening, Fasawe stated that all closed factories must give an environmental action and clean-up plan, a complete environmental management strategy document, and normalize all relevant regulatory paperwork and taxes.

Mr. Pankaj Mutreja, General Manager of Sunflag Steel Nigeria Ltd, and Mr. Adilya Pathalk, General Manager of Top Steel Company, both promised to follow all state environmental regulations and limit ecologically destructive actions.

Residents of Ikorodu praised the Agency’s visit and called for immediate intervention and remediation aimed at restoring the natural state of the currently afflicted areas, such as Odo-Nla and Odo-Kekere.

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