Dangote Cement EIA: Minister assures strict adherence to regulations, priotise collaboration

Dangote Cement EIA: Minister assures strict adherence to regulations, priotise collaboration

The Minister of State for Environment, Dr Ishiaq Adekunle Salako has assured the host Communities of Dangote Cement Ibese that, as matter of mutual benefit, the federal government led by President Bola Tinubu will as usual ensure strict adherence to the rules and regulations guiding mining industries in Ibese.

Dr Salako, accompanied by Directors and senior Management staff of the ministry made this known on Wednesday, 31st January 2024 during a stakeholders’ engagement held at the Frontier Hotel, Ilaro, Ogun State.

He said, while the ministry has resolved not leave any stones unturned to ensure safety of the environment for the well-being of the host community, the interest of Dangote Cement Ibese, which is profit making, should also be protected, adding that the people of Yewaland should priotise improving collaboration.

“There’s a need for cooperation in terms of operators here cooperating better especially with sub national government.

And also, there’s need for the Community to understand that there’s no gain without pain.

“Mining activities naturally comes with some challenges that impact the environment, I have therefore made it clear to the operators that as much as we appreciate that, the operators also should ensure that they try their optimal best at all times to ensure that those negative impact on the environment is reduced to the bearest minimum”, Dr Salako stated.

Meanwhile, the Director of EIA department, Dr Abbas O, Suleiman and the Ogun State Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya, respectfully also assured Dangote Cement Ibese of continous support towards ensuring a standard operating procedure while calling on the host community to maintain an enabling environment for the company to thrive.

The two government officials in their separate delivery made the Community to understand that “the role of government is to minimize the pains and maximize the gains”.

In his response, the Plant Director, Azad Nawabuddin expressed the readiness of the Dangote Cement Ibese to improve on all highlighted areas, while enumerated areas where the mining company have outscored the normal procedure.

Nawabuddin explained that Dangote Cement does not release carbon monoxide (CO) into the air space because the company would crush the coal firstly before burning to power the plant, adding that the byproduct is the ashes which is been used as alternative product in cement production.

The royal fathers who were in the audience applauded Dangote Cement Ibese for its varied CSR projects across the 17 host community but urged the company to abide by international standard on safety measure interns of EIA and blasting related issues as regards to the impacts on the host Community.