Livestock (Cows) that were killed by the fumigation.

Fumigation Causes Death Of Several Animals In Kwara State


Following the death of livestock from fumigation at Olam Grains, Ogbodonroko area of Asa local government, the Kwara State government is assuring adequate protection for animals and humans.

This message was contained in a statement by Okanlawon Taiwo, the spokeswoman for the ministry of environment in Ilorin.

The statement read that some animals died from fumigation that was carried out on Olam’s premises. It also stated that Remilekun Banigbe, the commissioner for environment, had given the assurance when she led a team on an inspection visit to the company, so as to ascertain the level of damage caused.

“She explained that the cause of death of the animals would be investigated thoroughly, to forestall future occurrence. She told the Mogaji of Ogbodonroko land, Alhaji Ibrahim Babatunde Ajape, that the State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is concerned about the well-being of all the people in Kwara. She reiterated that Governor AbdulRazaq wants improvement in the standard of living of the people in the state.”

Banigbe said that the community liaison officer, Ibrahim Isiaq, had reassured that the matter was under control and added that a meeting had been scheduled with the Olam management team.

“The meeting is to ascertain the cause of the incident and how to resolve the problem amicably, adding that the community had been hosting the company for a long time. He explained that the community had benefitted immensely from the company’s operation, so they would try as much as possible to proffer a lasting solution to the problem.”

It also mentioned the commissioner met with the management of Olam and made clarification on the fumigation carried out on their premises, “She advised that proper investigation should be done on the matter, to know the causes and a comprehensive report should be forwarded to the ministry.”

In the statement, it was stated that Solomon Makinde, Olam’s HR manager, said that they had met with the community to take adequate measures to address the incident.

“Makinde promised that an autopsy will be conducted to know the cause of the animals’ death and a comprehensive report will be submitted to the ministry for further necessary action.”