Ehisienmhen et al
Greener Journal of Environmental Management and Public Safety Vol. 5 (3), pp. 066-073, August 2016.
Manuscript Number: 063016111
The Spatial Impact of Industrial Establishments on the Environment in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria
*1Ehisienmhen Nicholas, 2Olayiwola AM, 3Ogbole JO, 4Alaga AT
134Cooperative Information Network (COPINE), Advanced Space Technology Application Laboratory (ASTAL), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), P.M.B 022, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
2 Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
The study examines the spatial impact of industrial establishments on the environment in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State; examines the types of industry, their attributes and their spatial distribution in the study area; assesses the perception of the residents on the impact of the location of industries on the immediate environment; and evaluates the waste management practices of the selected industries of the study area.
Primary and secondary sources of data were used for this study. Primary data were collected through questionnaire administration, conduct of oral interview, focus group discussions and the determination of (x,y) ground coordinates of features of interest using the Global Positioning System (GPS). The results indicated that the industries located in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State are attributed to the socio-economic development and negative impact to the study area. It also shows that the industries located in the area are concentrated majorly in local government headquarters and they are sited closer to the existing industries and the pattern of distribution was said to be clustered. The study concluded that there is high rate of environmental pollution and industrial waste due to the industrial establishments and therefore suggested that there is need to draw the attention of the industrialists and policy makers on the necessity to strictly observe and enforce rules and regulations on Environmental Impacts Assessments (EIA) in the study area.
Keywords: Spatial Impact, Industrial Establishments, Environmental pollution, Environmental Impacts Assessments (EIA).
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