Officials of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) on Friday sealed a private scrap yard where expired drugs and other dangerous chemicals and harmful substances are repackaged for sale in the Ikorodu area of the metropolis.
It was gathered that the owner of the two storey- building where the drugs were being recycled is on the run.
Briefing journalists at her office in Alausa, Ikeja, the General Manager of LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, said the agency received calls from concerned residents about the unfriendly environmental activities taking place at Salvation Avenue, off Ikorodu, Owode Onirin, Lagos.
She said a team from the agency which visited the place was refused entry and that the security guards guarding the place claimed the premises was a private property.
She explained that, “We, however, discovered during our second visit that the building which sits atop four plots of land with unknown address housed an illegal scrap yard that engages in nefarious activities such as storage of unwholesome processed foods, repackaging of drugs and juice drinks, improper destruction of expired drugs, chemicals, recycling of metals, as well as dismantling of electrical and electronics waste within the premises.
“It’s worrisome to note that people operate unlawfully in a residential environment unchallenged by neighbours. Individual selfish interests must not be allowed to supersede communal benefits. We must be mindful of who we are allowing into our neighbourhoods and consequences of our actions on the society.”