YEAR 2016 END OF THE YEAR PRESS BRIEFING BY MD, LWC

END OF THE YEAR SPEECH DELIVERED BY MANAGING DIRECTOR, LAGOS WATER CORPORATION, ENGR. MUMINU ADEKUNLE BADMUS AT A MEDIA CONFERENCE ON 30TH DECEMBER, 2016
VENUE: CORPORATION HEADQUARTERS, WATER HOUSE, IJORA.

Gentlemen of the Press,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the End of the Year 2016, Media Briefing, marking my 365 days of assumption of the office as Managing Director of Lagos Water Corporation. I want to state that today?s event be considered a family gathering, because the Corporation has enjoyed your co-operation and unbiased reportage throughout the year.

As we are all aware, it has become a norm for the State Government to give account of its activities on regular basis in order to keep the public abreast of the plans, programs and projects of the government.
It is in line with this tradition that the Corporation has organised this briefing to inform the public about what the Corporation has done in the last one year.

To speak with perfect candour, this year has been very challenging, not only for Lagos Water Corporation or the State, but for the entire country, due to economic recession. However, the present administration of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, which has been adjudged a performing administration, set the standard for the Corporation to tackle all challenges and improve on its performance, particularly in the area of production and distribution of potable water in the State. This has not only encouraged us, but keeps the Management of Lagos Water Corporation on its toes to map out strategies for achieving desired results.

Obviously, Power from the national grid has been a major hindrance to water Production and Distribution in the State. Equally, the absence of gas has made the IPP (Independence Power Plant) not to function effectively as projected. It is on record that ?Nigeria is losing 3,132 megawatts in a day; this is due to gas constraint, pipeline vandalization, inadequate infrastructure to transport the gas to power plants. The present Administration has taken a proactive step in addressing this challenge with the procurement of diesel-powered generators to power our waterworks; this has made water supply to be stabled in Lagos Metropolis.

We all know that Water is the most essential element of life on Earth, and our existence depends on safe and potable water, that conforms to World Health Organisation standard. That is why, Lagos Water Corporation is highly committed to its assigned responsibility of providing safe drinking water in sufficient and regular quantity, maintaining good quality services, meeting customers? expectations and promoting community health.

Lagos is the commercial and economic hub of Nigeria with the current population of over 20 million and is projected to reach 29 million by year 2020. This has put pressure on the existing LWC facilities, and for us to keep pace with this exponential growth of population in the State, and provide regular and sufficient water, the Corporation has designed a Lagos Water Supply Master Plan (2010 ? 2020), which serves as a frame work for our pragmatic approach to solve the problem of water shortage that may arise from population explosion.
At this point, I am happy to inform you that in spite of these daunting challenges, the Corporation has executed a great number of projects that have positively impacted on the people of Lagos State.

The State Government is expanding the water facilities to meet the water demand of 540MGD (Million Gallons per Day), and this gave birth to the commissioning of Otta-Ikosi Regional Waterworks of 4MGD in Epe Division, in May this year, with 80.32Km pipe network/reticulation which is currently serving eleven communities between Agbowa and Itokin. These include Ado, Agbowa, Ago – Hausa, Ago ? Owu, Ajebon Orugbo, Iganke, Ikosi, Odo Ayandelu and Otta Ikosi. In the same month, the State commissioned Mosan-Okunola Mini Waterworks of 2MGD with 5.0Km pipe network/reticulation in Mosan Okunola LCDA. This is currently serving Abesan Estate, Baruwa, and adjoining communities.

In the same vein, the State Executive Council recently gave an approval to commence the Development of Odomola Water Scheme II of a 100MGD Water plant and the reticulation of the primary, secondary, and tertiary distribution within the Odomola service areas such as, Lekki Phase 1, Dolphin, Victoria Island – Saka Tinubu, Victoria Island Annex, Ikoyi?Alexander Road, Ikoyi ? Club Road, Badore, Epe 1 and Epe 11. This Project will be executed on Public Private Partnership basis. At this juncture, it is important to shield light on the PPP model adopted for the execution of the project. This is not a profit driven initiative, but a strategy for injection of Public- Private Fund into infrastructure development and management process that encourages Private-Public Participation for accelerating rapid service delivery in effective and efficient manner for sustainability and socio-economic development of Lagosians.

The administration is currently executing the Construction of Adiyan Water Treatment Plant Phase II with 70MGD capacity which is to benefit a population of about 3,000,000 people by providing potable water, and this will be completed soon. When completed, this will serve Ikotun, Idimu, Isolo, Agege I & II, Ajegunle, Lagos West, Amuwo etc.

An on-going discussion on upgrade/expansion of Ishasi Waterworks to 35MGD to serve Ajangbadi, Iba, Ijegun- Egba, Otta-Awori, Ketu and its adjoining communities.

Reticulation is on-going from Isiwu (Otta Ikosi area) to Ikorodu to boost water production in the axis. This will also serve Ikorodu and its adjoining communities.

In our renewed efforts to supply water to every home in the state, the State is currently running an infrastructure support project with Lagos Water Corporation being the executing agency under the loan of Second National Urban Water Sector Reform Project (2NUWSPR). The project is being managed by Lagos Water Corporation Projects Implementation Unit. The Rehabilitation and Expansion of Distribution Network covers the following areas: Surulere (Surulere Zone, Itire Zone and Yaba-Ebute Metta-Iwaya Zone) and Victoria Island (Victoria Island, Victoria Island Annex and part of Lekki Phase I).

To enhance efficiency and boost revenue generation by the Water Corporation, we have carried out re-organisation for effective service delivery. Under this new arrangement, we have appointed 8 (eight) Regional Business Managers to ease administrative bottleneck. The regional business areas cover 8 geographical zones namely: Lagos South ? East, Lagos – North, Lagos North ? East, Lagos North ? West, Lagos – South, Lagos – South ? West, Lagos ? East, and Lagos ? Central.
We have also created Data control, Billing and Business intelligence Units to enhance service delivery and improve revenue generation of various regions, as well as improve business operations process through regular provision of Data and Information.

I want to re-state that the State Government is totally committed to the provision of safe and potable water to the Lagosians as this is evident in 2017 budget as more funds has been earmarked for execution and to facilitate all the projects in Water sector to improve access to potable Water in the State.

We must express our profound gratitude to His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, for the huge investment in Water facilities for us to deliver on our mandate of ensuring that every Lagosians get access to potable water.

This is pact that we have signed with Lagosians, and we are committed to that pact.

Gentlemen of the Press, I must sincerely appreciate you for your unflinching support and unbiased reports on our activities. It is neither a cajolery nor flattery; your constructive criticism has been a source of encouragement. When you tell us our shortcomings, it nudges us to do it right and when you appreciate us; it gingers us to do more.

Finally, I implore you, our esteemed Fourth Estate of the Realm to continue to partner with us and explain Government plans and programmes to the public, as people rely largely on you for authentic information on government plans, programmes and projects

I thank you all and God bless.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo?jewa Logun

Engr. Muminu A. Badmus
Managing Director/CEO
Lagos Water Corporation.

LWC PARTNERS WITH 2ML ON PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Lagos Water Corporation is partnering with 2ML on Performance Improvement Plan (PIP). The programme is a World Bank Initiative designed as an incentive based programme which attracts incentives for good performance and penalties for performance below the SMART ( Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound) level.

This assertion was made during a 2-day sensitization programme, commenced from 17th -18th November, 2016, held at the Corporation Headquarters? Boardroom, Ijora, Lagos. The Team Leader, Dr. William Muhairwe, said ?there is an urgent need to turn around the Lagos Water Corporation?s Operations, Customers billing and Collection efficiency in order to move the Corporation to the next level?.

In his opening speech, the Managing Director, Lagos Water Corporation, Engr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus restated his commitment toward moving the Corporation forward, through effective service delivery that will translate to increase in the revenue generation for the Corporation. He also urged the management and staff of the Corporation to tap into the benefits of the programme for better performance, he stated.

While delivering the training lecture, Dr. William highlighted the Term of Reference (TOR) for short Term High Impact Turn Around Programme, which ranges from; Assessment of the Operations, Setting of Goals and Target , Developing Strategies and Monitoring & Evaluation.

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However, as a follow-up to this development, the Management of the Corporation through the Human Resources Department has rolled out an Internal Advert (Vacancies) for the following positions for efficient and effective service delivery:

? Regional Business Manager: GL 14-17
? Production Manager: GL 13-15
? Distribution Manager: GL 13-15
? Quality Assurance Manager: GL 13-15
? Sales and Commercial Manager: GL 13-15

Application forms are available for interested candidates form HR, Room 315. Closing date is Monday 28th Nov., 2016. For further enquiries, please contact HR Department, RM 315.

Signed:
Anifowoshe Rasaq O.
For: Controller, Public Affairs Division
Lagos Water Corporation.

 

LWC APPEALS TO THE RESIDENTS OF LEKKI, IKOYI AND VICTORIA ISLAND ANNEX OVER DISRUPTION OF WATER SUPPLY

Lagos Water Corporation has appealed to the general public for the discomfort and inconveniences presently experienced over temporary disruption of water supply in some parts of Lagos metropolis, especially Lekki, Ikoyi and Victoria Island Annex axis of the State due to power outage from its Independent Power Plants at Lekki.

In a statement released today at the Water House, Ijora, Lagos by the Group Managing Director, Lagos Water Corporation, Engr. Muminu Badmus, ?the disruption of water supply being experienced presently is due to power outage from IPP which has adversely affected the Water Production at our Lekki, Alexander and Victoria Island Annex Waterworks”.

The Corporation is currently working relentlessly on alternative power supply to restore power to our Waterworks as soon as possible.

While reiterating the Corporation?s commitment towards providing un-interrupted water supply in the State, the LWC Boss regrets all inconveniences resulting from the disruption during this period and appreciates the understanding and Cooperation of the general public, as the problem is for a short while.

Signed:

Anifowoshe Rasaq O.
For: Controller, Public Affairs Division
Lagos Water Corporation.

LWC BOSS ASSURES STAFF OF JOB SECURITY DURING PPP IMPLIMENTATION

The Lagos Water Corporation Group Managing Director, Engineer Muminu Adekunle Badmus has assured the Corporation workers of job security.  The GMD made this assertion during the Staff forum, today at the LWC Headquarters, Ijora, Lagos. The LWC boss said “some Staff of the Corporation has been awashed with various misconceptions indicting Lagos Water Corporation of initiating privatisation policy, which will ultimately inflict hardship on the Lagos populace and Lay-off of the Staff of the Corporation”.

The GMD said “PPP initiative entails the fresh injection of private capital into the efficient management of government-owned assets, and not Privatization, which is the sale of government-owned assets to private investors as misconstrued in some quarters”. The GMD said Public-Private Partnership is not peculiar to Nigeria, and indeed Lagos. “The model is being practiced in other parts of the African continent. Surprisingly, in Cross River State, Nigeria, water supply in Calabar, Ugep and Akampa are being undertaken under PPP. He said the model was first practiced in Cote d’ivoire in 1959 with the introduction of Urban Water Affermage, a successful operation, and being embraced in other parts of the continent, like South Africa, Algeria, Uganda etc’’.  He further allayed the fears of the Staff for loosing their jobs during the implementation of the PPP Strategy. He pledged that during his own tenure as the GMD nobody will ever loose his or her job.

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While responding to questions asked during the meeting, Engr. Muminu Badmus said the current situation of unstable Water supply in the State was due to the erratic power supply from the national grid and the Independent Power Plant (IPP) has continued to interrupt water production and supply as a result of current vandalization of Gas pipelines in the Niger Delta Region of the Country which has adversely affected the Production at our various Water facilities across the State.  But now, LWC has reconnected Adiyan waterworks to Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) and Iju Waterworks to Generators, with this arrangement, water production has resumed and is getting stable. Engr. Badmus said very soon the Government will find permanent solution to the Gas powered IPP. He further added that LWC was also looking at other power alternative, including Solar and propane to power the waterworks.

However, engineer Badmus has assured the staff of re-introduction of bi-monthly Newsletter to fill in communication gap among the Management Staff and the entire staff of the Corporation. He said this will be a platform to discuss issues affecting the Corporation.

The GMD explained that the Corporation has commenced Operation Verification Exercise from Surulere Area of Lagos State on Thursday 7th July, 2016, as a pilot scheme, to be continued at Oworonshoki, Yaba/Ebute Metta and Iwaya Axis of the State on the 11th August 2016 and will be extended to other parts of Lagos metropolis. The Exercise is to verify LWC Customers Water problems like Over Billing, No Billing, Double Billing, No Water, Water Leakages, Non Reflection of Payments etc, in order to find lasting solution to the problems.

Engineer Muminu therefore, thanked the Staff of the Corporation for their Cooperation and understanding and reiterated that the Corporation is committed to serve Lagosians better in terms of efficient and uninterrupted water supply in the State.

Signed.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Anifowoshe Rasaq
For: Controller, Public Affairs Division.
Lagos Water Corporation
Headquarters, Ijora,
Lagos.

LWC APPEALS TO PUBLIC ON DISRUPTION OF WATER SUPPLY

Lagos Water Corporation has appealed to the general public over the temporary disruption of water supply to some parts of the Lagos metropolis.

In a statement issued today at the Water House, Ijora, Lagos, the Corporation’s Group Managing Director, Engr. Muminu Badmus said the disruption of water supply is due to the shortage of Gas at the Corporation’s Independent Power Plants (IPP).

However, the LWC Boss has assured the general public of alternative power to restore water supply within Lagos Metropolis as soon as possible.

While reiterating the Corporation’s commitment towards providing un-interrupted water supply in the State, the GMD regrets all inconveniences resulting from the disruption during this period and appreciates the understanding and Cooperation of the general public.

Signed:

Akinmuleya Oluwaferanmi
Controller, Public Affairs Division
Lagos Water Corporation.

LAGOS WATER CORPORATION VISITS CUSTOMERS TO IMPROVE WATER SERVICE DELIVERY

Lagos Water Corporation is planning to visit Water Customers for effective Service delivery. The Exercise will be commencing from Surulere Area of Lagos State on Thursday 7th July, 2016 and will be extended to other parts of Lagos metropolis.

In a statement released at the Water House, Ijora, Lagos, the Corporation’s Group Managing Director, Engr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus said the Officials of Lagos Water Corporation will be visiting the Customers to verify their Water problems like Over Billing, No Billing, Double Billing, No Water, Water Leakages, Non Reflection of Payments etc, in order to find lasting solution to the problems.

He however urged the residents of the State to cooperate with the Officials and give them necessary assistance.  The officials will be identified with the Lagos State Government Identity cards.

While assuring the Public of the Corporation’s commitment towards providing effective Service Delivery, Engr. Badmus said the Exercise is designed to improve water services to every home in Lagos, he concluded.

Signed:

Anifowoshe Rasaq O.

For: Controller, Public Affairs Division

Lagos Water Corporation.

LAGOS STATE GOVT IS COMMITTED TO SAFETY OF LIVES AND PROPERTIES OF HOST COMMUNITIES

Lagos State Government, through Lagos Water Corporation has responded to the Publication in Nation Newspaper of Sunday 12th June 2016, titled “Iludun, host to Lagos Water Works, yet suffering lack and devastation”.

In his response to the publication, the Lagos Water Corporation, Group Managing Director/CEO, Engineer Muminu Adekunle Badmus, said the State is committed to Safety of lives and properties of inhabitants of host communities of its facilities. He said that in line with International best practices the Corporation has carried out an Environment Impact Assessment prior to the execution of the Project.

The GMD/CEO further explained that the channel for backwash water was originally designed as a drainage, which gradually became bigger overtime. Engineer Muminu Badmus stated that it is the practice of the Corporation to discharge Wastewater into the approved channel.

He however re-assured that effort at remedying the situation has commenced with a comprehensive study of the environment towards proffering a lasting solution.

Meanwhile, the Consultant has completed the study and submitted the report to the State Government, which is currently being reviewed with a view to possible remediation by the State Government, he concluded.

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Akinmuleya O.
Controller, Media and Publicity Division.
Lagos Water Corporation
Headquarters, Ijora,
Lagos.

LWC RESTORES WATER SUPPLY, URGES RESIDENTS TO BE PATIENT

Lagos Water Corporation has restored water supply to Lagos metropolis recently affected by epileptic power supply due to vandalism of gas pipelines in the Niger Delta Region of the Country.

The LWC Group Managing Director (GMD)/CEO, Mr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus who stated this during a Press Conference at the Water House in Ijora, recently, said the heavy duty pumps at the waterworks required high voltage and added that the IPP built for some of the waterworks have not been working in full capacity because of the disruption in gas supply. The LWC boss appealed to the residents of the State to be patient, as the Corporation is working assiduously to ensure water supply get to every part of the State and assured those that have not received water now to be patient as Water supply will get to them soon.

Mr. Badmus who said the Corporation was not happy with the development and has taken steps to redress the situation by reconnecting some of the waterworks to the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) and some diesel-powered generators expressed hope that in the next few days, Lagosians would see an increase in the supply of the Service. He said, LWC was also looking at other options, including Solar and propane to power the waterworks.

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The Water Corporation Group Managing Director who debunked rumours that the state government was planning to privatize the Water Corporation explained that government was only discussing with investors to boost water supply, as the project is not a profit driven. ‘’In addition, LWC has also completed arrangement with investors to implement commercial water distribution kiosk projects as a pilot scheme to install, manage and generate revenue from the venture using pre-paid meters”. The pilot scheme is expected to commence from recently commissioned Otta-Ikosi Regional Waterworks and will be extended to Mosan Okunola Mini Waterworks of 2Million Gallons per Day.

Mr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus seized the opportunity to appeal to residents to bear with the Corporation in its strive to address the challenges and to stop illegal connection of water pipes as such act can leads to cross contamination in water and results in water-borne diseases, such as gastric-flu that may lead to cholera, diarrhea among others and urged the public to report anyone engaging in any illegal connections to water mains through the LWC help line or Customer Care Line on 07045973012 or our email on info@lagoswater.org.

Signed.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Akinmuleya O.

Controller, Media and Publicity Division.

Lagos Water Corporation

Headquarters, Ijora,

Lagos.

CITIC CONSTRUCTION, WALFOR ENGINEERING TO PARTNER WATER CORPORATION ON OPPORTUNITIES

The Citic Construction and Walfor Engineering are partnering with Lagos Water Corporation on Investment Opportunities in Water Sector to put the State on track. The Group Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Water Corporation, Engr. Muminu Badmus made this assertion recently during the Investors courtesy call to the Water House, Ijora, recently.

The LWC boss said partnering with investors is a panacea to the Water scarcity, he said Government alone cannot fund Water Provision in the State because of other social services, like Education, Security, Housing, Transportation etc. The Engineer said “we need fresh injection of Private capital to make water available to every home in the State”.

In his contribution, the President of African Division, Citic Construction, Mr. Liu Guigen said partnering with Water Corporation through Construction of Treatment plant, Rehabilitation of Waterworks and Mains reticulation will boost Water supply in the State. In addition, the President of Adjunte, Citic Construction added that Investing in IPP and Pre-Paid Metering would be included in their proposal on the Investment Opportunities in Water Sector, as discussion is on-going.

 

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Akinmuleya O.

Controller, Media and Publicity Division

Lagos Water Corporation

Headquarters, Ijora,

Lagos.

LWC APPEALS TO THE PUBLIC ON WATER DISRUPTION

Lagos Water Corporation has appealed to the general public for the discomfort and inconveniences presently experienced over temporary disruption of water supply in some parts of Lagos metropolis, as a result of shortage of Gas in its Independent Power Plant (IPP) at Akute Intake and other water power plants.

In a statement issued today at the Water House, Ijora, Lagos, by the Management of the Corporation, “the disruption of water supply is due to current vandalization of Gas pipelines in the Niger Delta Region of the Country which has adversely affected the Production at its various Water facilities across the State”.

The Corporation is currently working relentlessly on the alternative power supply to restore power to its Waterworks.

While assuring the Public of the Corporation’s commitment towards providing un-interrupted water supply in the State, the Management urges the general public to bear with the Corporation as the problem is for a short while.

Signed:

Akinmuleya Oluwaferanmi

Controller, Public Affairs Division

Lagos Water Corporation.