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NESREA Shuts Company Over Violation of Environmental Laws

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has sealed a Kano-based company for violating environmental laws.

The company, Aspire Nigeria Limited located along Hadejia Road in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state, was sealed by the North West Zonal Director, Mudaishir Raheem, and his team on Friday, April 28, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

One of the offenses alleged to have been committed by the company is the disposal of waste and untreated effluents into the environment.

“Today, we have come to seal this company for not complying with some relevant environmental laws, such as the disposal of their waste and untreated effluents.

“We are expected to manage the environment and not to destroy it.
“If we must site a company, we are expected to follow and comply with relevant laws put in place to protect the integrity of the environment,” Raheem said.
According to Raheem, the company, Aspira, was issued compliance notice thrice but the facility owners failed to comply.
“We have issued compliance notice thrice; also, we issued two abatement notices as a warning, but the facility owners failed to comply and we have no option than to apply the law.”

The NESREA zonal director further explained that the company was expected to correct the anomalies before it can be unsealed.

Raheem said there was non-availability of a Functional Effluent Treatment Plant in the company and as such it discharged wastewater into the environment.

“Parameters such as pH, Dissolved Oxygen, Total Dissolved Solids, Turbidity, and Appearance were not within NESREA Permissible Standards during the In-Situ Analysis of the Wastewater at the outlet of the Company,” he stressed.

The NESREA official noted that all the offenses constituted a threat to the environment (water bodies, land, neighbouring communities).

He added that the enforcement (sealing) exercise was necessitated by the company’s non-compliance with the timeline on the Abatement Notice issued on April 19, 2023.


Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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