By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
As part of efforts towards tackling industrial pollution in the State, the Ogun State government says it is partnering with the World Bank on capacity building for the Ministry of Environment and its sister agencies.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, made this known during a visit to some industries across the State.
According to him,the government was collaborating with the Bank to attract Agro-Allied industries to the State, adding that the development would come with attendant environmental challenges.
Oyeleye said apart from boosting the State economy and the country at large, the partnership would equally strengthen the capacity of the ministry to tackle industrial pollution and other environmental challenges.
The Commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Engineer Kunle Adeotan, stressed that with the continued influx of industries to Ogun State, the environmental regulators could get overwhelmed by the consequential challenges, unless more proactive steps were taken in the area of capacity building to protect the environment.
‘’Now, we are focusing on attracting more Agro-Allied industries, as a way of maximising our agricultural potentials. We know this will boost our GDP. However, industrialization comes along with its attendant environment challenges. As a result, we plan to increase our capacity to handle this situation,’’ he said.
Oyeleye added that the partnership would also help the State extend its strength as regulators in the environment sector across the nook and crannies of the State.
On his part, the representative of the World Bank, Dr. Joseph Akpohodje said the Bank would look at ways through which the Ministry could prepare ahead for the environmental issues that would come with influx of more industries to the State.
He added that his organization’s objective was to ensure that the impact of increase in agricultural value chain be felt by members of the agrarian communities in the State.