Ogun Shutsdown Two Companies For Allegedly Building On Flood Plain - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, September 2, 2022

Ogun Shutsdown Two Companies For Allegedly Building On Flood Plain


Two companies,Build well Plants and Equipments Limited and Katchey Laboratories have been shutdown by the Ogun state government for allegedly building on government's canal and flood plain thereby causing excessive flooding and other environmental infractions in their immediate communities.

The State Commissioner for Environment ,Mr Ola Oresanya ordered the sealing of the two companies after an on-the-spot assessment tour of Magada, Redstar,Wemabod and Sparklight OPIC Estate communities where the companies were said to  have  committed the environmental infractions in Magboro area of Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.

Buildwell Plants and Equipments Limited according to government , was found guilty of building on government canal and fencing it inward into their compound

Similarly Katchey Laboratories was said to have sand-filled a flood plain land and also fenced it thereby causing excessive flooding to the four communities.

In sealing the companies,the  Commissioner said the state government would not fold its hand and watch irresponsible and man-made environmental infractions by the two companies which had affected the well- being of residents of the communities.

His words, "Its disgusting to see Buildwell with built structures on government canals and more annonying is its enfontry of fencing the canal into its compound while Katchey sand-filled a flood- plain land and fenced it without caring on the environmental impact it will have on the property and living conditions it will have on  thousands of residents nearby especially flooding"

 "The state government will not tolerate these  infractions.As a responsible government,the welfare of our people is uppermost than the pecuniary gains of few individuals as any company that infringe on the well-being of our people will see our other side" Oresanya added.

The Commissioner further warned other companies that the state government would not tolerate any environmental infractions on their side saying the full wrath of the law will be visited on them.  

To bring immediate relief to the communities,he said the state government would dredge  all  existing canals in the communities so as to increase their carrying capacities while other solutions would also be profered soon after a stakeholders meeting between the state government, representatives of the sealed and other companies operating in the areas as well as their various Communities Development Associations CDAs to find a lasting solutions to problem.

Responding,Chairman of Magada Community Mrs Deborah Olawepo who spoke on behalf of others communities thanked the state government for its timely intervention 

She said  the steps taken by government would  serve as deterrence to others and in addition assist in reducing flooding issues in the communities to the bearest minimum now and the near future.

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