Officials of the Lagos Emergency Taskforce has concluded plans along with the management of SIFAX GROUP to dispose five containers of bad fish allegedly smuggled into the country by some criminal elements.
The rotten fish is presently being held at one of SIFAX bonded terminals in Lagos.
The agencies outlined to participate in the destruction of the rotten fish include Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), among others.
This followed the on-site inspection of the bonded terminal facilities by the Lagos State emergency taskforce team over the weekend.
Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye, said the group was mindful of applicable regulations of a bonded terminal, adding the company was already seeking the necessary government approvals for evacuation and safe disposal before the taskforce visit.
He said: “As a responsible corporate citizen, SIFAX Group will not deliberately endanger the lives of its neighbours, whom we have had an excellent relationship with over the last 18 years that our terminal had been in that community.
“When the company discovered that the content of the containers had gone bad, we immediately contacted the shipping line, consignee and the Nigerian Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for possible collaboration in addressing this situation.”