In continual swift response to the request of the Management of Lagos Water Corporation led by the GMD/CEO, Engr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus to improve the revenue generation of the Corporation, the LWC group of Regional Business Managers (RBM) took the bull by the the horn as they stormed the office of the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC) to seek support towards increase in Corporation’s Customers Database.
This was revealed today Wednesday 6th November, 2019 at the Commission’s office, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, during the courtesy call/visit of the RBMs to the office of the Executive secretary of the commission, Mrs. Funke Adepoju.
According to the LWC, RBM, East Region, Mr. Tola Fadare, “we have come to felicitate and congratulate you as the new Executive secretary of Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission under the new regime of His excellency, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor, Lagos State”.
Mr. Fadare continued in his opening presentation, that six (6) out of the nine (9) RBMs came to also solicitate with Mrs. Adepoju on how the commission and LWC can work together to achieve the theme agenda of the State Government towards service delivery and to assist in overcoming the Corporation challenge of Proliferation of borehole in the state.
He stated that Proliferation of borehole in the state is in alarming rate, and constitutes a serious health and environmental hazard to the redidents of the State.
“Usage of borehole has health and environmental implications, with prolong health and environmental implications”.
While responding to his presentation, the Executive Secretary, Mrs. Adepoju said, ”we are in this business together to make Lagos work”, adding that being a water family, we are to see into provision of safe water with good health in the state.
She stated that, though, the Corporation is not providing enough water to meet customers demand, but, we are to look into how to support the Corporation, noting that it is only in this State that people believe water should be free.
She declared in a simple statement that people dig borehole to take advantage of unavailable of water supply to meet demand in the state. We are to look into how to provide water, before we can work on the regulatory activities.
She explained that, the Commission is to commit itself on advocacy program, adding that the general public are not well informed about implications surrounding borehole digging.
She however promised to work more on advocacy policy to assist the Corporation to reduce Proliferation of borehole in the state.
“Collaboration is the way to go, as no man is an Island, we shall help to protect your interest, see what is good for you and the State interms of tariff, she stated.
In her reaction to the RBM North East Region, Engr. Olatunji Saheed’s statement on partnership towards service delivery, with reference to her open door policy and need for Customers to see LWC service as first option, before use of borehole. Mrs. Adepoju said “we want a situation where the consumers are ready to use our water, when it is available, then, regulations can now follow to back our action, which is explained in the State water law.
“We need to scale up our service and increase our capacity, in terms of Availability and sustainability, she added.
“The benefits of using LWC water is enormous, my concern is the availability of the service to meet demand.
“People will connect to the supply, forgetting digging of borehole, once the service is available”
She urged the LWC Management to continue to sensitize the general public about water availability and the efforts the Corporation’s has made thus so far, adding that the Commission is ready to carry the Corporation along on all its programs towards water provision and regulations in the state.
The South Region RBM, Mr. Kunle Imam, in his request to the commission, asked for a legislations to curb Proliferation of borehole in the State, making reference to Uganda hr visited lately where residents seek for Government approval to dig borehole.
The Executive Secretary said the request is in order, provided the Corporation has the service in place.
She responded that the Permit, control and regulations on borehole digging in place will further cater for the challenges and reduce Proliferation of borehole.
We are all in the business together to regulate the water Industry for effective and efficient service delivery, she restated.
Also at the meeting with the Executive Secretary of LSWRC were Head, Technical Service, Mr. Okikiola Somiyewo Olusola, Mr. Ogabi, Mrs. Bola Tiwa, Mrs. Jeje, amongst other.
The LWC representatives included RBMs South South, Mrs. Odebunmi;
South East, Mrs. Titi Kareem; North West, Mrs. Adewunmi and Manager, Corporate Communication, Mr. Anifowoshe Rasaq.