Dangote Cement Factory in Tanzania has been slammed with a huge fine of TSh15 Million for lack of toilets and dust bins.
The National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) in Tanzania, ordered Dangote Cement Factory to pay a fine of TZS 15 million ($US6,857) for failing to observe environmental rules and regulations.
These rules are stated in Tanzania’s 2004 Environmental Management Act and its regulations.
The fine was imposed after an inspection by the deputy minister of State in the Vice President’s Office, Mr Luhaga Mpina.
The deputy minister of state discovered hard waste within the factory compound.
Mr. Mpina also found a failure to construct a latrine at the site where drivers park their vehicles as they await loading them.
Dangote Cement Factory Fined For Lacking Toilets
Tanzania NEMC coordinator in the Southern Zone, Mr Lewis Nzila, said the factory was found operating against the environmental law.
He said it was supposed to pay the fine within seven days and build a toilet within two weeks.
Mr. Nzila said,
“We found the factory littered by solid waste. They should have dust bins.
“They are also supposed to construct a parking area as the current one is too dusty.
“There is no reason why the factory should not build a toilet for its customers.
“They should put up temporary facilities in the next two weeks and commence on building a permanent one.”
On his part, deputy minister of state, Mr Mpina said temporary toilets should be built within two weeks.
This fine comes nine months after the Dangote Cement started running its $500 million cement plant with a total capacity of 3,000 metric tonnes per day (TPD) of clinker output.
The factory also has three packing machines which work at a rate of 2,400 bags per hour.
It also has its own 30 MW gas-based power source as well as 500 million tonnes of limestone reserves from the Mtwara mines.
Responding to the fine, the Head of Human Resources at the Dangote Tanzanian factory, Kajele James, said that they will fulfill all the set conditions and directives.
“We respect the environment. The health of our workers and visitors depend on a safe environment.
“This factory has just begun operations and there are some support facilities which are still under construction.”