By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
Residents of Lapeke Community, Owode-Ede in Osun State has commended the National Environmental Standard and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for its intervention in a crisis with IHS and MTN companies.
Royal news reports that the community has been at the loggerheads with MTN over the environmental hazard caused by an electricity generating set at the MTN base station in the community.
In a statement issued on Friday, the Chairman and Secretary of the Landlords and Landladies Association in the community, Mr. A. Arojojoye and Ayinde Richard respectively, lauded NESREA for its intervention.
The community also commended the Federal Government for establishing an agency like NESREA to protect the lives of Nigerians from environmental hazards.
The residents particularly thanked the NESREA Coordinator in the state, Mr Muhammad Maike, and his team for their professional and exemplary role in resolving the crisis.
“We are grateful to NESREA for their urgent intervention in settling the rift between our community IHS and MTN amicably and the Osun Police command, the DPO, Pere Divisional Police Station, Ede, CSP Abdulkadir Saidu, at ensuring the peace,” the statement said.
Some members of the community have also pledged to maintain the peace and abide by the terms of the agreement as worked out by the agency which is non usage of generator at the base station.
In 2014, the generating set at the MTN base station in the area was discovered to be vibrating, noisy and polluting the air and was environmentally hazardous which caused an agreement between MTN, NESREA and the community to stop the usage of the generating set since 2014 till date.
“The bone of contention is that the entire community don’t want generator to be used at the MTN now transferred to IHS company base station due to emission, then, they met us in the community not that we met them before building our houses”.
The community, however, alleged that the generating set was brought back to the station on Thursday, October 20, which forced the residents to prevent the truck that carried the generating set and other items from getting to the station.