The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has neutralized and destroyed 260,000 litres of codeine-containing syrup in conjunction with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC).
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, stated that the inspection and demonstration exercise of LASEPA’s Mini Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) in Ikeja is aimed at preventing environmental pollution and ensuring healthy living.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, who represented Hamzat stated that the medication needed to be destroyed due to the impact of youth misuse.
He described the collaboration between LASEPA and NAFDAC as a positive step toward reducing hazardous product pollution in the environment.
According to him, the collaboration will go a long way toward lowering the rate of codeine-containing syrup consumption among Nigerian youth, which is on the rise.
He added that the state government established LASEPA’s Effluent Treatment Plant for the destruction of expired, adulterated, and toxic products, among other things.
The choice of the LASEPA disposable facility to carry out the exercise was deliberate, according to the deputy governor, because the agency was adaptable in maintaining environmental safety.
Dr Dolapo Fasawe, the General Manager of LASEPA, urged companies to install functioning Effluent Treatment Plants to ensure correct disposal of hazardous chemicals.
The agency’s monitoring and enforcement authorities, according to Fasawe, will continue to monitor the process and technique of trash disposal used by these companies.
She stated that the agency has the authority to discipline obstinate environmental offenders and safeguard the environment from all types of pollution, including water, air, and sound pollution.
To avoid being sanctioned by the state government, the general manager advised companies to install such plants for the proper release of their waste into the ecosystem.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General of NAFDAC, spoke about the collaboration’s goals, saying that the decision to destroy hazardous pharmaceuticals was welcomed in light of some Nigerian youths’ mass consumption of codeine-containing syrup and the consequences.
According to Adeyeye, NAFDAC had asked for quick regulation of the syrup’s manufacture, and the directive resulted in the recovery of approximately 2.5 million bottles of codeine-containing syrup across the country.
NAFDAC determined that the LASEPA Effluent Treatment Plant was adequate for the correct destruction of the bottles of codeine syrup following lengthy considerations on how to do so.
And according to Adeyeye, the decision was made to ensure that the products were destroyed securely and without posing a risk to the environment, as LASEPA has the technical expertise and capacity to do so.