Ogun Accuses SONATA Agricultural Limited Of Environmental Pollution, Seals Firm
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The Ogun State Government has sealed the SONATA Agricultural Limited located at Km 51, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Mowe in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area over allegations of environmental pollution.
According to the Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya, the sealing of SONATA was necessitated after several warning to the company to stop the pollution were ignored, and government had no option than to close it down in the interest of public safety and hygiene.
“In the case of this company, we actually gave them a stop-work order when we discovered the reckless soothes emanating from their power plants.
“We then invited them, directed them on what to do but they remained recalcitants, so we sealed the company because of the risk their continued operations will have on people living around the area, especially children and pregnant women due to fumes from these plants.
“Also, the release of waste-water from their steaming machines equally posed another serious treat to the environment which the state government will not tolerate.
“This is a state that pride itself as an Agarian state and as highly industrialized as we are, we don’t joke with air quality of the environment because we want to make the state as liveable as possible for residents “Oresanya reasoned.
The Governor’s aide also warned industries still polluting the environment to desist forthwith as according to him, no matter how smart they may be, they cannot beat the state environmental regulatory authorities