Stakeholders seek completion of Kano’s N2.8b effluent treatment plant
Worried by ceaseless discharge of toxic waste by industries into communities in Kano, stakeholders are advocating rapid completion of the N2.8billion effluent treatment plants.
They also lamented the ineffectiveness of government agencies charged with the responsibility of industrial risk control, and how it has undermined environmental and health hazard of communities over the years.
Speaking at the stakeholder’s awareness forum on the integrated Industrial pollution management facility recently, the community and religious leaders of Sabowar Gandu, Challawa, Bompai and Sharada while applauding the government intervention, however implored the consultant handling the project to expedite action on the facility.
The N2.8billion secondary collection and treatment plant of industrial waste project, being funded by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Federal government through the Ecological Fund Office, Office of the Presidency, commenced 10 months ago.
But the project, which is on its first phase, suffered sudden setback when construction was suspended in the last three.A community leader in Sabon Gandu Aminu Inusa who is worried over the discharge of offensive odor being contained with as a result of the discharge of toxic waste from industries around Sharada industrial area. He pleaded on the authorities to resolve their differences to enable the project come to completion before the rains set in.
Another participant, Abdullahi Umar said that many industries failed to procure primary treatment plant to manage their waste, blamed the authorities from taken necessary action to save lives. Umar accused the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for the poor handling environmental pollution.
Abdullateef Abubakar, a resident of Bompai quarters also commended the ecological office project, and believes that the measures will put an end to years of pollution in their communities. He however urged the communities and farmland owners affected to resolve their differences to enable the project continue.
The convener of the awareness forum and Chairman of Smart Sourcing Limited, the managing consultancy of the project, Dr. Mani Ibrahim Ahmad who attributed the slow pace of the project to unsettle compensation being demanded by farm owners, expressed optimism of Kano state government intervention to enable quick completion of the project. He disclosed the meeting was intended to create awareness and acceptance on the project as well as address some impending matters.
“The project covers establishment of secondary plant for affluence treatment in Sharada, Bompai, Challawa. The project is in three phases, first to channel the pipes from industries to the treatment plants, which we started about 10 months ago. We have about 12 months to completion we have dug 12 kilometers to lay pipes and 250 manholes for the primary treatment plants, 2.8 billion.
“The project was stopped for about two months due to settlement of compensation and of cause Federal government don’t pay compensation but we are optimistic that with the intervention of state government, we hope the matter will be resolved and we return to site.”