The Ogun State government has said it would conduct compliance exercises on all table and sachet water factories in the state following the outbreak of Cholera in some parts of the state.
The government threatened that any company which fails the test “will be shut and remain so until it passes the laid down procedures.
It could be recalled that about twelve persons died of Cholera in October when about two hundred and fifty cases cases were recorded in Ijebu North, Abeokuta South and Abeokuta North Local Government Areas of Ogun.
During a stakeholder’s meeting with members of the Table Water And Beverages Producers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, the Commissioner for Environment, Ola Oresanya, maintained that the compliance exercise is imperative to address the environmental and hygienic negligence detected in water production processes.
The commissioner said: “The team will among others demand routine microbial analysis results of their products, check the distance of their production boreholes to their septic tanks, their operational environment as well as a medical certificate of fitness of their products for human consumption.”
Oresanya further stated that the environmental and hygienic negligence detected in the companies is at variance with their earlier certification by the National Agency For Food And Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC).