Ogun Govt, Industralists Synergize On Management of Chemical To Protect Environment - EDU-BIZNEWS


Thursday, December 1, 2022

Ogun Govt, Industralists Synergize On Management of Chemical To Protect Environment

Ogun State Government is synergising with industrial stakeholders especially the chemical handlers and users, to ensure strict compliance with environmental safety guidelines by industries in the State 

Governor Dapo Abiodun revealed this during a maiden edition workshop for Chemical Handlers and Users for Industrial and Commercial facilities in the State, organised by the State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) in Abeokuta, saying the step would help to attain the global Agenda 2030 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 and 6.

Abiodun who was represented by the Secretary to State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi said the State being the industrial hub of the nation is susceptible to environmental hazards,  stating that “the government is taking steps to stem the tide of chemical pollution by re-igniting the responsiveness of industrial and commercial chemical outfits for a sustainable control and management of chemical storage and usage”.

The Governor described chemicals as the most critical agent of Nigeria's Industrial revolution due to its importance to the industrial sector, hence the need for every user and handler to imbibe necessary knowledge on its proper management

He called on stakeholders to contribute their quota in enhancing a livable, safe and healthy environment for the people of the State.

Also the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Ola Oresanya in his earlier speech advocated for effective handling, control and management of hazardous chemicals to avoid environmental degradation.  

In his presentation, a former University of Lagos Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Babajide Ibitayo said it was important for manufacturers to substitute chemicals with less hazardous ones, modify the usage and dispose them professionally in line with the State regulated laws guiding waste management.

Prof. Ibitayo, who enlightened stakeholders on chemical identification, labeling and preventive measures for control of chemical hazards, noted that improper use and exposure to chemicals were dangerous to human health.

Similarly, the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Dr. Adedolapo Fasawe,  spoke on best practices for sustainable environmental management, advising the public on proper control of noise pollution and waste disposal.

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