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Leather firm commissions waste treatment plant; row ends
Sep '11
With institution of a N1 billion effluent treatment plant, the row going on for years between the Kano's Unique Leather Company and the host community people of the Sharada Industrial Estate, where the factory is situated, has come to an end.

The disagreement between the leather firm, which holds to be amongst the State's most successful leather firms and Sabuwar Gandu, a community in Sharada industrial estate in Kano metropolis over discharge of contaminated water from tanneries had been fuming for years. However, the company's action of setting up a Biological Effluent Treatment Plant has now ended this row.

Mr. Helmut Goldenitz, Managing Director of the firm, while speaking at the formal inauguration of the effluent treatment plant stated that the company's setting up of the plant came as a part of its efforts to discharge its corporate social responsibility towards the host community.

It was also aimed at complying with the stipulations of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), the regulatory agency for environmental issues, he added.

As revealed by Mr. Goldenitz, the project was accomplished with assistance of and under strict supervision of Alhaji Abbas Sunusi, State Commissioner for Environment and other officers of the regulatory agency.

Mr. Goldenitz stated that establishment of the effluent treatment plant undoubtedly involved intensive capital expenditure and it did not happen without affecting the firm's liquidity and cash flow.

However, the paramount interest of corporate social responsibility and the yearning to adhere to best practices in all the business arenas compelled them to set up the effluent treatment plant, he elaborated.

Mr. Goldenitz said that the investment opportunity generated by Export Expansion Grant policy (EEG) helped the company to acquire Tanarewa, one of the oldest tannery firms of Kano.

Post acquisition, the firm's tannery expanded its size as well as operations that resulted in a growth in production turnover and thus in emission of liquid effluents from the firm, he added.

Further, he said that large scale emission of liquid effluents from primary treatment plant has wide-ranging effects on the environment and this has compelled the firm to set up a Biological Effluent Treatment Plant.

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