Dairy firm Promasidor Nigeria Limited, said that there needs to be a partnership between government and the private sector in order to achieve a healthy environment free from pollution.
The Head, Legal and Public Relations, Promasidor Nigeria Limietd, Mr. Andrew Enahoro disclosed this during an interview in Lagos recently. He said that maintaining a healthy environment was very important for any business to grow, adding that for this to take place, there needs to be compliance with laws governing environmental regulation.
Enahoro said that Promasidor had been compliant with government regulations governing maintaining a healthy environment, adding that it was essential for businesses to keep to environmental laws in order to grow and also for the interest of the community.
“Promasidor’s efforts in keeping its environment free from pollution and other health hazards have endeared the company to its host community in Isolo, where it operates.
“This is as a result of the giant strides made to ensure compliance with the state environmental regulations and standards, thereby contributing to carbon reduction in the environment through mitigated measures against global warming and climate change.”
He noted that Promasidor had embarked on the installation of eco-friendly equipment on its facility and this initiative has eliminated health risks to the people in the community.
The Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria, Mr Olivier Thiry, in a hand shake with Mrs. Adetola Wosilat Onisarotu, representing the Lagos State Governor at a tree planting ceremony while Mr Andrew Enahoro, Head, Legal / Public Relations look on with interest
“We have put in place facility on solar energy, which generates electricity from sunlight and can be fed into the main electricity supply of the organisation. This has greatly helped in reducing noise level from the use of generator sets, which are used to complement the epileptic power supply in the country.
“This is in line with what is widely practiced in other developed economies, where private organisations are meant to generate some percentage of the required power for the production and delivery of their products and services. This does not produce any pollutant and is one of the cleanest sources of energy. In comparison, solar energy promotes the essence of keeping the environment green in compliance with regulations from the government,” he said.
Other initiatives implemented by the company to ensure a healthy environment includes changing from diesel to gas-powered forklifts, improving waste management through sorting, use of wind-powered extractor fans, installation of eco-friendly air conditioners and converting from diesel-powered to gas-powered plants.
“The change from diesel to gas-powered forklifts has helped in reducing the dangers from diesel exhaust. Some of the health hazards averted range from irritation of the eyes and nose, headaches and nausea, to respiratory diseases and lung cancer caused by air pollution.
“Similarly, in order to avert pollution of the atmosphere and to maintain good health standard for the people of Isolo community, Promasidor Nigeria has adopted a more suitable waste management plan through waste sorting,” he added.