The Sona Group of Industries has inaugurated effluent treatment plants in Sango -Ota, Ogun State. The treatment plants were inaugurated in four of subsidiary units of Sona Group, namely: Euro Global Foods and Distilleries Limited, Sona Agro Allied Foods Limited, Food, Agro and Allied Industries Limited and Shongai Packaging Industries Limited were also inaugurated. The treatment plants are expected to treat the wastewater produced by the industries, which are undesirable by- products before release into the environment.
Speaking during the inauguration, the Commissioner for Environment, Ogun state, Bolaji Oyeleye, commended the efforts and investment of the group and promised that the state government would create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
“When we started up with them, we noticed they could do better and we started engaging with them. The result is what we are witnessing today. We want to implore them to put up this plant in any of their factories where they do not have it,” he said.
The Chairman, SONA Group, Arjan Mirchandani, expressed the group’s commitment to boost local food production in the country, noting that “the commitment, by the company was the surest way to save Nigeria’s foreign exchange spent on food products the country had competitive and comparative advantage of producing locally.”
According to him, “Nigeria has over 50 per cent arable land that is underutilised,” pointing out that the country has no business being poor if the land was put to effective use.
“We are here to cultivate more agricultural produce while also producing cheap and affordable food so that everybody can get something to eat.
“We believe environment is very important and when water is contaminated, it carries bacteria unless purified. We put up this plant to ensure that the water that is discharged is processed according to global best practices,” he added.