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Air Pollution: Osun Assembly begins public hearing

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Air Pollution: Osun Assembly begins public hearingBy Richard Akintade, Osogbo.

The leadership of the Osun State House of Assembly has commenced hearing into the activities of two steel companies in the state over violation of environmental laws.

Appearing before the house was the representatives of the two affected companies who informed that, they were operating within the  environmental laws.

Speaking on behalf of the Ife Iron and Steel and Prisim Steel Company Ikirun, Mr soyede Babatunde said the company was using new technology to control pollution and emission.

Babatunde who explained that the company engaged the service of professional to handle its environmental matters said the company would improve its pollution regulations.

Also Speaking the representatives of Fasina Community in Ile-Ife who host the steel company, Mr Bayo Adesope said the company had constituted environmental hazard to the people of the community.

.Adesope urged the house to call the company to order so as to save residents from untimely death.

In a remark, the Zonal Coordinator, South-West for National Environmental Standard and  Regulations Enforcement  Agency, NESREA, Mr Ajani Adeleke told the house that the company failed to carryout environmental impact assessment exercise before sitting the company.

Adeleke, said the situation had seriously affected the control of pollution in the host community saying the company had been sanctioned by the agency on several occasion.

In his submission, the Speaker of the House, Hon.Najeem Salam said the house would not condole any act that could be detrimental to the health of the people .

He also emphasized the need for the companies to abide by environmental laws to sustain its existence in the state

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