By: Olajide Toriola
In its bid to regulate ground-water extraction and protect the environment, the Ogun State Government says it will henceforth issue operational permit to all industries and others before embarking on drilling of borehole in their premises.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye made this known through his Media Aide, Mrs. Nofisat Alapoti, during an inspection tour of some table water industries in the State.
Oyeleye, who was represented by the Head, Water Regulatory Unit in the Ministry, Mrs. Mary Adeosun, said it was imperative to monitor water production facilities at all table water factories to ensure that extracted water from the ground for commercial purposes was clean and safe for human consumption across the State, saying it was no longer business as usual for people or industries to embark on drilling of boreholes without obtaining permit.
“Consumption of unregulated ground water can cause serious health challenges that can be transmitted to people in our environment. This is why industries are called on to get permit before drilling ground-water for commercial usage,” He said.
He advised industries that have existing boreholes without license to obtain one from the Ministry, as those who fail to comply would be sanctioned.
The Commissioner said government would not relent at caring for the well-being of the people in the State by regulating water production at all levels that would be free from diseases.
In his response, one of the Managers of water facilities visited, Mr. Wale Adebayo said the government decision to regularize extraction of ground water was a welcome development, adding that it would checkmate illegal drilling activities which could cause environmental degradation.