Expert says lead poisoning looms over Lagos, Ogun

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Executive Director, Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev Nigeria), Mr. Leslie Adogame, has said that communities in Ogun and Lagos States risk lead poisoning.

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Adogame’s assertion was contained in a mail he sent to New Telegraph in which he said SRADev Nigeria will soon release a detailed report that would reveal high deposit of lead in the communities and water bodies in those areas.

He wrote: “Our recent survey of lead acid recycling factories around Lagos and Ogun states (detailed report would soon be released) has revealed high deposit of lead soils in the communities and water bodies in those areas.

“Lead poisoning is now seen as a major emerging problem in terms of use in products such as paints additives. I can authoritatively say that over 80 per cent of paints manufactured in Nigeria contains lead levels higher than the international permissible limit of 90 ppm.”

Lead poisoning occurs when one absorbs too much lead by breathing or swallowing a substance with lead in it, such as paint, dust, water, or food. Lead can damage almost every organ system.

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