Why we shut down charcoal company in Enugu, by NESREA
The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has said that it decided to shutdown the multi-million naira charcoal manufacturing company in Enugu following the failure of its operators to adhere to safety and environmental standards.
The company, Kwo-Chiff Investment Limited, managed by the Chinese with three Nigerian directors, is said to have over four workers in its employ in Obimo in Nsukka Local Council and Ikem in Isiuzo Local Council in Enugu State plants and are into charcoal production for local consumption and export to various countries of the world.
Rather than comply with the demands from NESREA over their operations when the factories were shut down, the Chinese managers decided to return to their countries abandoning the various Nigerian workers in their employ to their fate.
Regional Director (South-East), Patrick Igbo, who spoke when he led officials of NESREA to the shut factories in Enugu, said that the company engaged in illegal mining operations as it refused to regularise its activities with the agency.
He stated that apart from failing to comply with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure, its operators were producing and exporting charcoal outside the country despite its health implications to the people and the environment.
“They were supposed to have the EIA on ground before they kick-started operation. They did not have it. They did not have permit to produce, transport and export charcoal. Their activities impact negatively on this environment with air pollution arising from the burning which also affects the soil,” he stated.
Igbo added that they did not just seal the company but had given several notices to its managers for the firm to regularise its operations.