2019 UN WORLD WATER DAY: LWC Develops Strategies Towards Increase In Water Production and Supply

Friday 22nd March 2019, the World as a global village celebrated the 2019 United Nation World Water Day throughout the globe, with the theme: Leaving no one behind”

At different venue, different Organisation staged the annual event to celebrate importance of Water, as Water is life and it’s importance cannot over emphasized.

NIGERIAN BOTTLING COMPLY, AGIDIGBI, IKEJA – The Lagos Water Corporation, Group Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus was a Special Guest of Honour at an event organised by the Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, at Agidigbi Coca Cola plant, Agidigbi, Ikeja, Lagos.

LWC boss joined other notable personalities in Nigeria, particularly the State and in Water sector to mark the annual event.

These are Honourable Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosimi-Etti, ably represented by the Permanent Secretary, Environment, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye; Mrs. Agust Anikwe representing LASEPA; President of manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Miss. Olushi Odinuko; the Coca Cola zonal Plant Manager, Engr. Adeyemi Adesoye, among other dignitaries.

Lagos State Permanent Secretary, Environment, Mr. Durosimi-Etti thanked the Nigerian Bottling Company initiative for organizing the annual event (2019 UN World Water Day), noting that this year event is the 29th edition of WWD celebration globally, stated that the importance of Water cannot be over emphasized.

He added that the State Government has virtually put necessary structures and regulations in place to manage Water, as this shows the commitment of the Government in conserving this resource which is limited in quantity.

Mr. Durosimi-Etti Lauded the Children, particularly the Students present, as the future lies with them, being the agent of change.

While Speaking at the event, LWC GMD/CEO, Engr. Badmus revealed that the the Corporation in its efforts to increase water production capacity has continued to developed on its strategies towards increasing water production and supply.

“In recent years, the Lagos Water Corporation has developed a Strategic Business Plan as a ‘Road Map’ to take the Water production capacity of the State to 492 million gallons per day by year 2023 to close water demand gap significantly”.

Engr. Badmus added that the Corporation has widened the data base to effectively supply water to more Lagosians, as its tandem with the year’s theme ” Leaving no one behind”.

The Nigerian Bottling Company, Plant Manager, Engr. Adeyemi Adesoye said the company believes in prosperity, conservation, preservation, sustainability, and in its renewed commitment has invest in partnerships.

“Water is very important to us as a resource and part of ingredients for their products”.

LWC HEADQUARTERS, IJORA, LAGOS – In the same vein, the Lagos Water Corporation celebrated the annual event at the Corporation’s Headquarters, Ijora, Lagos in another grand style, with an Interactive session with Stakeholders (Customers and Children) in line with the event theme “Leaving no one behind”.

Engr. Badmus lauded the esteemed Customers present at the colourful event for their past and present loyalties, understanding Cooperation and Support, as he promised Improved Service Delivery, adding that Customers are KINGS

In his statement, the LWC boss stated that it is the tradition of LWC to involve every Water Stakeholders, even the younger ones, particularly students from primary to higher institutions to be part our the Corporation’s advocacy initiative for water conservation, noting that not too long that the Corporation brought in Lagos State Children parliamentarians, because of the believe that Women and Children are major Stakeholders in the Water sector.

He however pointed out the major challenge the Corporation is facing today which is erratic power supply and which has continued to create inhibition for our operations, as the Corporation is not deterred and strongly belief that all the problems militating against our operations will be solved within a short time.

“I appeal to you all our Customers to please bear with us, as the problem is for a short while.

In appreciation of our commitment and improving service delivery, he enjoined the Water Customers to pay their Water bills, as our Water is the best, and the rate is the cheapest, not only in Africa, but across the globe.

In his closing remarks, Engr. Badmus seized the opportunity and thank the event partner and donor, WILO Pumps Nigeria Ltd. for their gesture, support, as he promised continuous business relationship.

LWC Chief Operating Officer, Engr. Deji Johnson appreciated all Stakeholders present at the interactive session for their Cooperation over the years as he also assured improved supply of Water supply in the State.

He added that all hands are on deck for improved power supply which has been the greatest challenge presently faced by the Corporation to deliver in its mandate.

However, Engr. Johnson has expressed his appreciation to LWC 2019 UN World Water Day entire Organising Committee, led by Mrs. Opeifa (Head, Budget and Planning) for the success of the outstanding event.

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