Oyo Government Reopens Industrial Facility Sealed Over Pollution


The Oyo State Government has reopened an industrial company, engaging in the recycling of waste tyres to produce Pyrolysis oil and Carbon Black and Steel Wire as by-products.

The company was sealed early this month, over non conformity and adherence to acceptable Environmental laws of the State. 

The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resource, Architect Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola had in the early hours of the day directed that the facility, Shri-Balaji Industry Limited, be unsealed. 

According to the Commissioner, the Ministry had recently held a tripartite meeting with the facility owner, and the leadership of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (M.A.N), over the Action Plans submitted by the management of Shri-Balaji Industry Limited.

According to the Commissioner; “The Action Plans which the trio of the Ministry, Shri-Balaji Industry Limited and Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN), unanimously accepted and agreed upon includes the immediate provisions of medical retainership for all workers and regular checkup, provision of pollution abatement systems and scrubbers including raising the heights of exhaust systems and reconfiguration of production systems for pollution reduction and cleaner production process, provision of appropriate personal protective equipment for all workers, adequate storage of the carbon black within a bund wall with shelter to prevent indiscriminate escape of leachate and encourage cleanliness, rehabilitation of oil water separators, improved aesthetic and sanitation, submission of Environmental audit reports and monthly environmental reports.”

Architect Mogbonjubola, reaffirmed the commitment of the State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde to ensuring a safe and conducive environment for all, charged facility owners to ensure compliance to the State and National Environmental laws. 

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Meanwhile, Shri-Balaji Industry, paid about One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira to the State Government coffers for the sanction and Two Hundred Thousand Naira to unseal the facility, while the Consultant paid a fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira only for negligence of duty to guide the facility into compliance.

The reopened facility was further given a time-line, in stages to work on completing the Action Plans which should be improved upon going forward.

While reacting to the reopening of the facility, the General Manager of Shri-Balaji, Mr Razaq appreciated the Oyo State Government for showing optimal understanding and good gesture towards the company, which would allow its workers to immediately resume duty.

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