The Nigerian Bottling Company, Coca-Cola HBC bottler in Nigeria has had its wastewater treatment license revoked by the Lagos state government.
The Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission, Ahmed Abdullahi said NBC alongside the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Marina;WEMA Bank Plc, Ikoyi; and Ocean Parade Tower, Banana Island all failed to meet the expected standard in wastewater management, adding that it would ensure full compliance with the laws on the regulation of the state’s water sector.
“The revocation is necessary because these companies discharged untreated wastewater into the drains and water bodies indiscriminately. It cannot continue; it must be brought under control.
“Also, indiscriminate digging of boreholes without relevant licences will not be tolerated any longer.”
NBC and other affected organisations were accused of discharging wastewater indiscriminately were damaging the environment, adding that several correspondences and meetings earlier held with all parties concerned for over a year failed to bring the situation under control.
Lagos is Nigeria’s commercial capital and most populous city with over 25 million people. NBC’s plants are located at two major hubs in the city.
Neither the NBC, NSE nor other parties involved have formally reacted to the allegations.