NESREA Unseals Berger’s Corporate Headquarters

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The corporate headquarters of Julius Berger Nigerian Plc has been reopened a day after it was sealed by the National Environmental Standards Regulatory and Enforcement Agency (NESREA).

Mr. Clement Iloba, Head of Public Affairs Department of the company confirmed the development in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja last Thursday.

Iloba said that the company had consulted with the relevant authorities on the matter and was ready for normal business.

He said, “We are fully in compliance with the laws, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc is a law abiding organisation.

“We have our documents with the Ministry of Environment, normal activities have resumed in the head office.”

Iloba stressed the need for inter-agency collaboration, particularly among agencies of government to avoid duplication of functions.

In the case of Arab Contractors, attempts to get any official of the company to comment on the matter were unsuccessful, at the time of filing this report.

It would be recalled that the environmental regulatory body last Wednesday in Abuja sealed the corporate headquarters of Julius Berger and Arab Contractors for violation of environmental laws.

NESREA’s Deputy Director of Land and Water Resources, Mr. Godwin Atsegwasi, had cited violation of provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act of 1992, as the reason for its actions.

The EIA Act was enacted to assess both the health and the economic effects of establishing industries or undertaking any type of industrial activity on the environment.

Atsegwasi also confirmed that NESREA un-sealed the corporate headquarters of Julius Berger after the construction company paid the necessary fines and promised to do the right thing.