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SIFAX Group, LASG collaborate to dispose containers of frozen fish

SIFAX Group on Tuesday said that it had concluded
arrangements with the relevant Lagos State Government agencies to dispose five containers of bad fish at one of its terminals in Lagos.

These agencies include Lagos State
Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos State Emergency Management
Agency (LASEMA) and Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), among others.

This follows the on-site inspection
of our bonded terminal facilities by the Lagos State emergency task-force team
last weekend.

According to Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye,
Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, mindful of applicable regulations of a
bonded terminal, the company was already seeking the necessary government
approvals for evacuation and safe disposal before the task-force visit.

He said: “As a responsible corporate
citizen, SIFAX Group will not deliberately endanger the lives of its
neighbours, who we have had an excellent relationship with over the last 18
years that our terminal had been in that community.
“When the company discovered that the
content of the containers had gone bad, we immediately contacted the shipping
line, consignee and the Nigerian Agency for Food Drug Administration and
Control (NAFDAC) for possible collaboration in addressing this situation.

“As of this moment, NAFDAC is still
conducting its investigation on the matter and being a bonded terminal, SIFAX
Group couldn’t unilaterally dispose the fish without approvals.

“While we were waiting for NAFDAC to
round off its investigation, we have to retain the services of a reputable
fumigation consultant to constantly disinfect the affected containers in order
to protect our neighbours from air pollution and other health hazards.”

Oyinloye further noted that the
intervention of the task-force team was a welcome development capable of speeding
up the disposal process that has been clogged by bureaucracy.

He said the company was fully
cooperating with the task-force team for the safe evacuation and other
post-disposal assessments and checks in order to guarantee a clean and
pollution-free environment, adding that a robust community engagement plan has
also been mapped out to assure its neighbours of the company’s commitment to
their well-being and good health.

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