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Ambode Assures Residents Of 733M Gallons Of Water

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has assured residents of his administration’s resolve to exceed the projected 733 million gallons of water supply for residents of the state by 2020.

Ambode said the present administration is collaborating with both local and international investors under its Public Private Partnership initiative, in addition to the expansion of its existing water works and creation of additional ones to make supply adequate for its residents.

Governor Ambode, represented by Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Babatunde Adejare, gave the assurance in his speech at the 2016 World Water Day celebration, themed; “Water and Jobs”. The governor, who acknowledged the deficit in supply to residents, said the intention of government was to discourage the drilling of boreholes by individuals because of its inherent danger and risk to the environment.

He said that the cost of drilling boreholes or patronizing illegal sellers was far more expensive and dangerous compared to getting water from the government. While assuring that the 2020  target for adequate supply for residents of the state is very achievable, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode maintained that the cost of building water works runs into billions of Naira hence, the need for corporate organisations to assist government in meeting the needs of over 21 million residents.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission, Arc. Ahmed Abdullahi said that the yearly programme provides government the opportunity to draw the attention of concerned stakeholders and the general public to its importance and how the limited portable one made available by government could be sustainably conserved. One of the major contributions of the proposed new project is to discourage personal drilling of boreholes. The indiscriminate drilling of boreholes as witnessed today will make the underground water vulnerable to pollution and that will unleash terrible consequences for the country.

Source: Vanguard Nigeria

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