Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has said that his government is synergising with industrial stakeholders, especially chemical handlers and users, to further deepen adherence to environmental safety guidelines by industries in the state.
Abiodun revealed this at the maiden “Workshop for Chemical Handlers and Users for Industrial and Commercial Facilities” organised by the Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) in Abeokuta, saying the step would help to attain the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 6 (SDGs 3&6)
Abiodun, represented by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Tokunbo Talabi, said the state being the industrial hub of the nation was susceptible to environmental hazards, stating that, “The government is taking steps to stem the tide of chemical pollution by re-igniting the responsiveness of industrial and commercial chemical outfits for a sustainable control and management of chemical storage and usage.”
The governor noted that chemicals were the most critical agent of Nigeria’s Industrial revolution due to its importance to the industrial sector, hence the need for every user and handler to imbibe necessary knowledge on its proper management, calling on stakeholders to contribute their quota in enhancing a livable, safe and healthy environment for the people of the state.
Speaking earlier, Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya advocated for effective handling, control and management of hazardous chemicals to avoid environmental degradation.