Public Hygiene: Ogun Reads Riot Act, Gives Food Outlets, Eateries Seven-Day Ultimatum

ABEOKUTA – For consistently fouling their immediate environment with unhygienic pollution emanating from unwholesome practices despite several warnings, eateries and food outlets in the high – brow Oke-Ilewo axis of the Ogun state capital, Abeokuta have been given a seven-day ultimatum to remedy the situation or face total closure and possible prosecution.

Commissioner for Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya who handed down the ultimatum after an inspection visits to the affected eateries and food outlets said they must immediately improve on their operational hygiene so as to safeguard their customers and residents of the state from the risk of food poising resulting from their present condition.

According to Oresanya, it was discovered that accumulated fats, oils and grease and other food materials in a confined chambers which were not scooped daily thus allowing their breakdown by microbes which releases toxic waste.

“Aside from this, it was discovered that they were discharging their untreated waste water directly into the public drain, open holes were also seen within their septic tanks holding faecal matters, general poor house- keeping as well as evidence of rat infestation within their stores areas.

Oresanya added that already the state government have taken evidences against the concerned eateries and food outlets in case if they need to be prosecuted for food-poisoing and possible escalation to other federal agencies should they fail to correct and improve on all anomalies pointed out to them within the stipulated days.

Oresanya, assured that the state government monitoring team will continue to enforce the state sanitation laws urging all eateries and food outlets to be on the right side of the law as government will always protect the interest of its residents when it comes to public hygiene and safety.

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