Ogun State Government has ordered over 15 industries to install Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) for their waste water to address pollution and safeguard the environment.
Environment Commissioner, Bolaji Oyeleye, who issued the directive in Abeokuta, the state capital during the World Water Day, said the State’s status as an industrial hub mandated the Ministry to be alive to its core responsibility of monitoring effluent discharges of industries.
The State Government, according to Oyeleye, is now aggressive in enforcing the obligatory duty of industrial facilities to install ETPs to protect the state’s ground and surface water bodies.
Oyeleye said the release of toxic substances from industries into the environment had long-term effects that could be detrimental to the health of the people.
“Within the last three years, the Commissioner said more than 15 industries had been compelled to put in place ETP while several others have had to either expand the capacity of existing ones or reactivate them,” he said
He added that several others are on the verge of full compliance with this requirement.