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April 17, 2024

Ogun Govt Shuts Down Operations of  Malted Sorghum Producing Company for Environmental Violations

Ogun State authorities have suspended Food Agro and Allied Industries Limited, a malted sorghum company located in Ijako, due to serious violations of environmental regulations.

The suspension was announced on the Ogun State Waste Management Authority’s Twitter handle, highlighting the government’s commitment to protecting residents’ health and well-being by taking action against environmental offenses.

Part of the post reads: “In its continued efforts at shielding its residents from the harmful effects of environmental infractions that will impact their welfare and well-being, the Ogun State government has shut down Food Agro and Allied Industries Limited, located on Kilometer 40, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Ijako, Sango-Ota, for serious environmental infractions and disobeying government orders.”

Explaining the reason for the company’s suspension, the Senior Special Adviser on Environment to the Ogun State Governor and Chairman of the state’s Taskforce on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, Farook Akintunde, said the company was releasing untreated wastewater directly into the environment, which is illegal and pollutes the environment.

According to the post, the company has also faced allegations of environmental degradation due to oil spills. 

 “The severity of these infractions indicates a disregard for environmental regulations and public health concerns by the company,” Akintunde said.

Food Agro and Allied Industries must, therefore, remain closed until it corrects the identified violations to meet the requirements set by the state authorities. The company will undergo a comprehensive review of its operations to demonstrate its commitment to environmentally responsible and lawful operations.

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