THE Kano State government has affirmed its readiness to support the quick completion of the Integrated Pollution Management project facilitated by the Federal Government through the Ecological Fund Office, EFO, Abuja.
The multi-million naira project is a bold effort for the sustainable management and pollution control at Challawa, Sharada and Bompai industrial areas in Kano.
The environmental remediation scheme, which consists of channeling waste water from leather and textile companies across some 10 kilometres will also provide three central effluent treatment plants in each of the industrial zones.
Kano State Commissioner for Environment, Kabiru Ibrahim Getso told newsmen yesterday that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for taking a bold step in containing the persistent environmental challenge faced by the people of Kano.
Getso said the gesture by the EFO will restore the industrial glory of Kano State, help old and existing industries to operate more profitably in line with global best practice.
The commissioner confirmed that the state land allocation committee has evaluated the amount of compensation due to land owners whose property will give way to the effluent treatment plants and promised that payment of compensation is awaiting the assent of the state governor.
The Federal Government’s response to the alarming discharge of effluent at Challawa, Sharada and Bompai Industrial areas of Kano is in line with the mandate of the Ecological Fund Office; a special fund deployed at the discretion of the President to intervene in national environmental and ecological emergencies.
Following such complaints on the increasing pollution from industrial activities discharging into the Challawa and Salanta rivers and Jakara dam from Challawa, Sharada and Bompai Industrial areas respectively, the ECO spotted the need for an intervention.
The complaints centered on the waste effluent from these industries which are subjected to natural decomposition in the environment thereby making the health, agricultural and economic losses enormous.
– Nov. 22, 2019 @ 15:45 GMT |