The Chairman of the State Task Force on Sanitation, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, made this known to newsmen.
The companies, Gashash Tannery situated at Bompai industrial Area and African Textile Manufacturers (ATM) at Challawa industrial area were made to pay the fines by the mobile court of the sanitation committee.
Abbas, who is also the Commissioner for Environment, said the companies were sanctioned for their refusal to utilise their treatment plants despite several warnings.
“The committee has given Gashash Tannery an ultimatum of six months to construct a plant and a three-month ultimatum to ATM to restore its unutilised plant, and both companies have signed undertakings to comply with the order,” Abbas said.
It would be recalled that members of the communities living in the industrial areas of Kano had lodged complaints on the impact of the illegal discharge of toxic waste on the environment. (NAN)