Groups allege environmental pollution by steel firm
Want Company’s Activities Investigated
A non-governmental organisation, Environmental Watch Network (EWN), has called on the Lagos State government to urgently look into environmental pollution allegedly perpetrated by an iron and steel company, Hongzing Company Ltd, at Amuwo Odofin Commercial Scheme, Mile 2, Lagos.
The group alleged that workers and residents of the area are exposed to serious health risk owing to the dangerous smoke emitted by the firm, just as it worries about its attendant impact on the environment.
Also, another non-governmental organisation/ anti-human labour organisation, Freebonders, has called for a proper investigation into the firm’s activities
According to a representative of EWN, Oladayo Adewunmi, “the dangerous smoke from the company is putting workers in barbaric working condition, as they are exposed to raw flames.”
In their petition, Freebonders said: “We call on the ministries of health and environment, LASEPA, NESREA, SON, and other agencies to stand up and save the situation by getting Hongzing Company to stop the inhuman gas emissions,” the group said.
Some residents and firms in the neighbourhood, who fear for their safety said while the dangerous smoke has caused several health problems to them, heavy trucks used by the company have also made roads around there impassable.