Ajasa residents petition LASEPA over threat of pollution
Residents of Ajasa Street, Onikan, Lagos have appealed to Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, (LASEPA) to prevail on owners of a concrete mixing factory located in the area from polluting the environment.
They lamented that emissions from the plant is impacting negatively on their health, daily activities and asked authorities to call the operators to order.
Speaking on their behalf, a resident, Mr. Biyi Bandele, said: “The concrete mixing plant on Ajasa Street and Boyle Street has been spewing toxic, industrial quantities of cement dust into the air in this neighbourhood, which is also home to schools and a hospital, since late 2021.
Also the traffic caused by concrete mixing trucks, the loud noise together and the gritty sand-dust that fills the air, sometimes go on till after 9:00. p.m. I have seen trucks using the Ajasa Street entrance to the plant even at 11:p.m. My apartment and that of neighbours are directly located opposite the factory and the activity is impacting negatively on us.”
According to him, the concrete mixing factory has also become a service centre for concrete mixing trucks. This service, he explained, partly involved using a deafeningly loud drill.
“The activities of this concrete plant and truck-servicing centre are a serious and immediate hazard to the health of all of us who live in this neighbourhood. I urge you to act urgently to investigate and curb this act of breath-taking impunity,” he said.
He added that while LASEPA officials had in the past visited the plant to issue a stop order on operators, they brazenly ignored the order.
Bandele further said one of their tractors allegedly smashed into the walls of a health centre in the area recently and crashed a segment of the facility.
He, therefore, charged LASEPA to deploy its enforcement power in the area to safeguard the health of the people.