ACTIVITIES OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION, A CHALLENGE TO WATER SUPPLY IN LAGOS – LWC
Just in – Activities of road construction has been ascribed to the challenge of water supply in Lagos.
This was revealed by the Lagos Water Corporation, today, Wednesday 9th October, 2019, at a Stakeholders meeting between the residents of Apapa and Lagos Water Corporation, South West Region, at the Apapa Local Government Secretariat, Burma Road, Apapa, Lagos.
Representing the LWC Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Muminu Badmus, the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Service (ETS), Engr. Ijaiya Suraj in his statement stated that the purpose of the meeting is to keep the residents of Apapa area of Lagos abreast on the situation of water supply in the Area.
Engr. Ijaiya said, the challenge of water disruption in the area and adjoining communities is as a result of the ongoing activities of Road Construction in the area.
He added that Dangote group of company has contracted an Apapa Road Construction to Hi-Tech Construction Company in the area which has resulted to a threat in Water supply in the area.
“Due to the ongoing Road Construction in Apapa, there has been Water disruption in the area, as a result of Water leakages, Damages to Water pipes, mains and other Water facilities in the area.
The affected roads/streets are: Wharf road, Liverpool road, wharehouse road, creek road, marine road, Burma road, among others.
“Also the activities have affected the Corporation largely, resulting to non revenue water, as LWC loosing million gallons of water daily.
“The corporation has cried to the Hi-tech Construction company for reimbursment/fixing and repair of the pipes, and other damages to LWC facilities, but nothing is forthcoming”.
The Executive Director urged the residents, to please stand up to their right of water enjoinment, by asking the construction company to fix the leaks and other damages so that they can continue to enjoin Water supply in the area.
Engr. Ijaiya added that for the Corporation to sustain water supply to Lagosians, they should pay their water bills as when due.
He added that the Corporation has installed watee meters in some areas of the State, yet, the public is not paying, noting that the Corporation service is not profit venture business.
The Corporation demands Customers Attitudinal change towards settlement of water bills, as the Corporation is improving to expand supply to meet ever increasing demand of Lagos, adding that the residents should work together with the Corporation to achieve its aims and objectives.
He however reassured the Apapa residents that the Corporation is ever committed in providing potable water supply in Lagos, and enjoined the general public to support the Corporation by paying their bills regularly.
A resident of Apapa, A CDA member, Mr. Bakare Rufai, who spoke at the meeting expressed his feelings on shortage of water supply in the area, which had been a global issue, requesting the Corporation to expand its supply, through more pipes/mains extension to meet the demands.
Another resident, Mr. Keshinro Ajibola condemned the activities of the Hi-Tech Construction Company towards water disruption in Apapa and other adjoining communities, as the importance of water cannot be over emphasis.
The resident explained that before the emergence of road construction in the community, there had been regular water supply in major area, though, not every street, enjoined the Corporation to extend potable water to other areas, and replace the old pipes/mains.
Urging the Corporation to solve the water problem, by supplying clean, clear and safe Water, adding that water from the informal sector cannot be guaranteed, compare to LWC potable water.
The LWC South East Region Business Manager (RBM), Mrs. Oluranti Taiwo assured the residents of improve in service delivery, enjoined the Customers to pay their bills as when due, appealled to Lagosians to help the Corporation to serve them better, as Water is not free.