INSIDEMAINLAND– Landlords and residents of Idimu Tuntun community, Egbe-Idimu in the Alimosho Local Government Area, Lagos Mainland have accused a fish pond owner, Jeje Agoro, of polluting the environment by discharging his wastewater on the street.
The incident was reported to sanitary officers at the Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area, but nothing was done to improve the situation.
Residents lamented that when the landlords’ association summoned Agoro, who lived on Malad Street, to find an alternative channel to drain his wastewater, he called their bluff.
Sanusi Ramon, Chairman of the Idimu Tuntun Phase II Community Development Association, stated that the issue had been ongoing for more than eight months.
He said, “We have appealed to him through elders and other prominent members of our community but he has not stopped polluting our environment. Everywhere smells of rotten flesh and flies are just milling around this area because of his discharged water.
“In fact, at a time, he told us he would stop but late at night, we discovered that he still discharged his wastewater on the street. We have no power to stop him; we are begging the authorities to come to our aid so that we can have a healthy community.”
According to the CDA Secretary, Abdul Ganiyu, the association had written to the Egbe-Idimu LCDA for intervention, but Agoro refused to accept an invitation sent to him.
He said, “They wrote a letter to him to come to the council so that they could find ways of managing the situation but he refused to honor their invitation and in fact, he snubs any meeting with the sanitary officials of the LCDA. We want the government to intervene in this matter before it degenerates into something bigger than what we are seeing now.”
According to Johnson Orogun, a landlord in the area, the fish farmer once promised to use pipes to channel his wastewater to the drainage along the major road, but he had yet to do so.
When contacted, Agoro denied the allegations.
He said, “As long as they have taken this step, it shows that they have not bothered to check if I have channeled the wastewater properly. I told them that I would dig a soakaway and I have just done that. What else would they have me do?
“I am counting, for the past two and half weeks now, I have not even discharged the water from my fish pond, so I don’t know where they got the water which they claimed was smelling on Malad Street; they should do their investigations properly.
“In fact, the water that I discharge from the pond is just about what an average compound uses daily, so I wonder how that would cause any environmental pollution.
“These people (CDA) just want to use the opportunity to fight me over what I don’t think is worth fighting over but I will not oblige them.
“When they are ready, they should come and inspect my fish farm and see if I am responsible for the smell. This area has no drainage so every building’s wastewater eventually ends up on Malad Street; they just want me to be the scapegoat.”
Bola Ajao, a spokesperson for the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, advised the parties to go to the agency’s website and file complaints with a street description.
She said, “Once this is completed, our officials will come around and assess the situation, and we will take the necessary steps.”