Ogun Lawmaker Cries Out Over Health Hazard Caused By Cement Factory In Ibese Community - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Ogun Lawmaker Cries Out Over Health Hazard Caused By Cement Factory In Ibese Community

Hon. Wahab Haruna Egungbohun

Adenike Sanusi 
ABEOKUTA - A member of Ogun State  House of Assembly,  who doubles as the Chairman Committee on Environment, Hon. Wahab Haruna Egungbohun has expressed concern over the health hazard the giant Dangote Cement company in Ibese is exposing members of the community to.

The Lawmaker, representing Ketu Constituency (II) in Yewa North Local Government appealed to the state government to, as matter of urgency take drastic steps in curbing the ugly narrative.

Hon. Wahab who is also the Chairman Committee on Environment expressed this dissatisfaction in a media chat with Journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, hinted that the damage that the plant under his Constituency causes for members of the community is unbearable as they complain every day.

He stressed that Dangote Cement factory in Ibese that has connection with some axis like Balogun, Eggua, Ebute, Oja Odan, Ohunbe Pedepo in  Yewa calls for urgent Monitoring.

Wahab envisaged that if proper steps are not taking to urgently tackle the barbarity, the host communities would record lost of lives, an incident he said could damage the economy of the state.

He explained that most people who inhale airborne dust( carbon emissions) at the community or work are at risk of occupational disease.

The Lawmaker added that some of  Dangote Cement staff are suspected COVID 19 patient. He is calling on the state government  and NCDC to intervene timely to subject Dangote staffs to total Covid19 test so as not to endanger the life of people our people in Yewa North and Yewa south respectively. 

Information at reaching me from Dangote also shows a staff of Dangote Cement that evade arrest at first bank Igbogila after been confirmed showing symptoms.

He also added that the air pollution community members inhale can cause serious health problems through contact with skin, eyes, or breathing passages and might result in hospitalization.

Also, one major area of great concerns is the effect of the mining activities which is done without feeling the site. I felt bad when the road was blocked and I was directed to go through the mining site to connect Dangote junction on my was to Ijoun on Constituency assignments. The communities at the risk of landslides and earth quake in future are Balogun , Ibese, Abule Imashayi and Omilende along Igbogila because the site extraction extended to the back of those communities

The Chairman Committee on Environment also revealed his recent experience on the road, saying that if not for God protection, his life would have been wasted by the reckless driving by the Dangote Trailer, adding that most drivers take full control of the road whenever they are on wheel.

His words "Your Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun the negative reports that I am getting from my Constituency over the danger that Dangote Cement factory causing in the life of people in terms of the air pollution is getting worrisome."

"There is no special treatment or benefit that people are getting from the factory than damaging their immune system through the airborne," he concluded.

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