The management of Lagos Water Corporation has expressed concern over the incessant intimidation and harassment of its staff by some residents of Dolphin Estate Ikoyi, led by former Senator Sunday Olawale Fajinmi, under the guise of being the Chairman of Dolphin Residents Association.
This complaint is coming on the heels of series of harassments being meted on the workers of Water Corporation inhibiting them and the contractors from carrying out their official duties.
Recently, LWC received a report of burst water mains, a team of Engineers was dispatched to carry out repairs, but the staff were prevented, also were held hostage by the security on the instruction of the chairman of Residents Association Senator Olawale Fajinmi, and it took the intervention of top management staff of LWC, before they were released.
The LWC staff and Contractors were at the Estate to sensitize the residents on the installation, use of prepaid meters, and the need to reduce water wastage, but they were equally sent away, with their tools, materials and some pre-paid meters seized, by the same former Senator with the assistance of his security details and hired social miscreants.
On Friday 17th of November 2017, LWC staff and IBS consultancy were in the Estate to carry out enumeration exercise for the purpose of obtaining accurate data of the customers, but to their greatest surprise, they were arrested, operational vehicles were seized, and all efforts to resolve the issue were flagrantly rebuffed by the Senator.
However, we want to place on record that the present administration of Akinwunmi Ambode is committed to ensuring that every household in the State has access to potable water and LWC has been mandated to carry out this assignment without inhibition. For the avoidance of doubt, the management of LWC will not fold it arms to allow some residents to surreptitiously thwart the efforts of the government in this direction.
LWC hereby warns the general public, particularly the group in Dolphin Estate and any other person/persons who may have similar motive to desist henceforth or face the wrath of the law as no individual is bigger than the State, as the State has responsibility to protect its citizens within the ambit of the law.
Muminu Adekunle Badmus
LAGOS WATER CORPORATION
The Lagos State Government has completed necessary arrangement to extend potable water supply to Ogudu Ori-Oke and Alapere areas of Lagos State.
The Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Water Corporation, Engr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus revealed this today, 16th November, 2017, at the Stakeholders Meeting on Network Extension of Water Distribution to Ogudu Ori-Oke and Alapere areas of the State.
The LWC boss said His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Executive Governor of Lagos State made the promise some months ago that water would be provided for all Lagosians, particularly the residents of Ogudu Ori-Oke.
He said the Governor is set to fulfill/deliver on his promise with all sense of responsibility and commitment and this is one of the reasons why the present administration has recorded unprecedented achievements and continued to remain the toast of other states.
“Lagos State Government places high premium on the interest of the people, that is why the State is committed to ensuring that this community is provided with uninterrupted water supply through this network extension that will be supplied directly from Adiyan Waterworks of 70MGD”.
The reticulation will cover Ogudu Ori-Oke, boost pressure to part of Alapere and other neighboring communities and will later be expanded to accommodate more households.
“The project is part of government’s efforts to strengthen water supply network, increase operational efficiency and water flow capacity to meet the demand for water and contribute to sustainable development in the State”.
It is a demonstration of government’s appreciation of the cooperation and support the residents of this community have exhibited towards this administration and it is our hope that you will continue to cooperate with the government in its desire to transform Lagos to become an enviable State.
He reiterated that the government has not forgotten anybody in the State, because as we all know that the usual character of the present administration is to allow the good people of Lagos to participate in the initiation and execution of projects that affect their lives, as today’s meeting/forum serves as a good platform for all of the stakeholders to discuss and strike a compromise and prepare for the success of the project.
Engr. Badmus however said the present administration is working assiduously to make things work, and we need the support and cooperation of Lagosians to achieve desired results.
He appreciated the project contractor Salini Nigeria of the Salini Group, the contractor currently undertaking 70 MGD Adiyan Phase II and said the company has been good and reliable partner that executes LWC water projects in consonance with the specifications and standards.
“When the reticulation of this project is completed, the connected properties would be fully metered, and ultimately assist us in increasing the efficiency and reliability of our water networks, reduce water wastages and encourage water conservation.
The Corporation, Executive Director, Operations, Engr. Suraj Ijaiya in his brief project description explained that from Ogudu roundabout there is already 2 diameter pipe, and from which water from Adiyan will be connected.
Engr. Ijaiya mentioned that presently, a bigger pipe will be connected to the 2 diameter pipe, to cover 26 Street as phase I.
“Some street with inadequate water supply will be connected to the new Network Extension to enjoy fully charged water mains/pipe”.
Alapere will also be taken into consideration, Also Igboho and Oshodi areas of the axis.
He said, the project will connect about 700 households and also expected 30,000 customers.
He therefore urged the members of the public to pay their bills as at when due.
The LWC, Head, Sales and Commercial, Mr. Micheal Ajose said Installation of prepaid meters will go hand in hand with the new connection/project to control water wastages and encourage water conservation.
He said the metering scheme is a “pay as you go” system, which recharge can be made in LWC Mende zonal office.
While seeking the residents support and Cooperation for the success of the project, the Salini Nigeria Ltd. Managing Director, Mr. Paolo Capelala, said LASG is set to bring uninterrupted potable water supply to the area and promised to deliver quality job.
The Chief Imam of Ogudu Community, Alhaji Imam Yusuf Durojaiye urged the residents to support the project for its success, he concluded.
The Lagos Water Corporation, MD, Engr. Muminu Badmus and some Senior Management Staff of Production, Distribution and PIU Departments met today, 15th November, 2017, with representatives of Trimax Systems on the Proposed Automation of Major Treatment Plant of Adiyan, Iju, Ishasi, Otta-Ikosi and Akute Intake.
The meeting/presentation took place at the LWC Conference room, Ijora, Lagos.
The American based company (Trimax Systems) earlier this week visited Otta-Ikosi, Adiyan, Iju, Akute Intakes and Ishasi Waterworks on a working visit to the LWC Major Waterworks facilities.
MD said the proposed project will be digitalized, and is believed to help the Corporation identity which machinery is functioning properly, at its optimal and which is not, while watching from headquarters, as the world is moving away from manual operation systems.
He said this will equally compliment and reduce reliance on human efforts.
Today’s meeting is a wrap-up meeting on the proposed project.
The Lagos Water Corporation wishes to inform the general public that there will be a temporary disruption of Water Supply to some parts of Lagos metropolis, due to the ongoing rehabilitation exercise in Adiyan, Iju Waterworks and Akute Intake for Optimal Water Production capacity and Better Service Delivery.
Period of Shutting down:
Iju Waterworks: from Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd November, 2017.
Adiyan Waterworks: from Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th November, 2017.
We therefore urge the general public to conserve water for this period and also apologize for any inconveniences caused as a result of the shutting down, as we are committed to serving you better.
LWC …working to serve you better.
The Lagos Water Corporation has begun Customers Enumeration Exercise across the State to update the Corporation customers’ data base, ensure improved and efficient service to our existing customers.
While briefing the media in his office, Ijora, Lagos today, Monday 30th October, 2017, the Managing Director/CEO, Engineer Muminu Adekunle Badmus said the exercise which has already commenced will cover seventeen (17) zonal offices of LWC operational areas.
The areas are: Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Victoria Island Annex, Lekki, Lagos Island, Surulere, Ogudu, Yaba/Ebute Metta, Ikeja I & II.
Others are Ilupeju, Oshodi, Isheri-Oke, Iwaya, Oworonshoki, Shomolu and Oshodi.
The LWC boss further stated that the Enumerators consisting LWC and IBS staff, the accredited consultant are already on the field for the exercise.
“For proper identification, the enumerators will be identified with Jacket branded with LWC and IBS Logos and Identity cards”.
Engineer Badmus urged the members of the public to support and cooperate with the enumerators for the success of the exercise.
He hinted that, for further enquiries, please call our Customer Care Lines on: 07045973012, 07045973013. Also, you can contact LWC Zonal Office nearest to you OR through LWC e-mail: email@example.com.
Head, Corporate Communications Department,
Lagos Water Corporation
The Lagos Water Corporation has commenced investigation into media reports on the vandalism of water pipes being reported in the media.
A five-man committee made up of Directors and Heads of Departments have urgently begun findings to know the level of involvement and culpability of some of its staff and act appropriately.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Water Corporation, Engineer Muminu Adekunle Badmus on Thursday, 26 October, 2017.
The LWC boss said some print media had earlier reported that the Police in Lagos, on Monday paraded four new recruits of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and seven others including an employee of the Lagos Water Corporation for vandalizing of iron Water pipes.
Engineer Badmus said the Corporation is greatly concerned with these reports, adding that it is the duty of the Parastatal to safeguard its facilities because the State has invested heavily in the water sector, and it therefore cannot fold its arms and allow some bad elements to throw the utilities meant for public good into the drain.
He stated categorically that the Corporation will not stand in the way of the law taking it course, stressing that anyone found in the wrong would face the full wrath of the law.
Engineer Badmus therefore thanked the Nigerian Police Force in the State for carrying out their duties diligently in securing lives and properties, and also reiterated the Corporation’s commitment towards cooperating fully with Nigerian Police to bring law offenders to justice, he concluded.
The Lagos Water Corporation has restored water supply to Ojota and its environs, as the water burst at Ojota area of Lagos State has been repaired completely.
The affected areas like: Ojota, Ketu, Mile 12, Oregun, Olusosun, Ogudu, Kudirat Abiola way, Ikeja GRA and its environs are now enjoying steady and potable water supply.
We therefore thank you for your cooperation, as we assured you of uninterrupted water supply in Lagos State.
The Lagos Water Corporation, MD, Engr. Muminu Badmus has charged the LWC retirees to make judicious use of retirement money.
The LWC boss make the statement today at the 3rd batch of Bond certificates presentation at Ijora, Lagos
While delivering his lecture, he said “today is another memorable day not only for the 3rd Batch of LWC retirees, but also for the entire water corporation family.
He said God has been faithful to us, particularly the retirees who have served the Corporation meritoriously.
He added that, “you must begin to count your blessings, because it is not all who started this journey with you that made it to this point. That is why you all deserve this rare honour”.
MD thanked the retirees for their patience, commitment, hard work, loyalty and resourcefulness which they have exhibited over the years that assisted the Corporation to record unprecedented successes, and their contribution will continue to linger in LWC memories.
“To take us to memory lane the first bond presentation of 68 million to 36 retirees was done in March 2017, the second batch was in July, 2017 where the sum of 20 million naira was paid to seven retirees”.
He said all are in agreement with pensioners, payments of outstanding accrued rights benefits done in the sequence of staff retirement from the year 2015.
Engr. Muminu was delighted that another history was made today as the sum of Eighteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira bonds were presented to seven retirees who have been selected as qualified recipients for the 3rd batch accrued rights benefits.
He urged them that when received the money, it should not be used for needless ventures, but channeled towards profitable endeavors as no one is too old to dream big and set new goals.
‘’You have retired, but not tired, I pray that God Almighty directs your footsteps, gives you wisdom, and grants you good health with long life’’.
Thank you all and God bless.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko I’ojewa Loju.
Courtesy: Corporate Communication, LWC.