Ogun State government has closed down three private companies in Mowe and Sagamu areas of the state over various environmental infractions.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya who confirmed this in Abeokuta explained that one of the companies, a pet bottle recycling company, was found guilty of discharging waste and storm water into their immediate environment of a private university premises.
Noting that the company failed to obtain drainage approval, leading to the exposure of students to potential dangers, Mr Oresanya added that the company was burning solid wastes on-site, violating state environmental laws and posing risks to workers and nearby residents.
He pointed out that despite government directives for proper remediation, the company neglected compliance, prompting the government to take decisive action to protect the well-being of students and communities.
The Environment Commissioner said the company in Sagamu was closed down due to its refusal to install effluent treatment plants, leading to the discharge of raw and hydrochloric acid into the environment.
Mr Oresanya said the reckless practice resulted in the contamination of groundwater in nearby communities, rendering the water unsafe and unhygienic.
Pointing out that the closure of the companies was to serve as a measure to prompt corrective actions, he reiterated the commitment of the state government to promoting a healthy and sustainable environment.