The Lagos State Government has reinstated its commitment to the Lagos Community Development. This assertion was made at the Official Commissioning of the Otta-Ikosi Regional Waterworks, today, 19th May, 2016, at Otta-Ikosi Lagos, by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, represented by the Special Adviser on Community Communication, Hon, Kehinde Bamgbetan. While delivering a speech, he said the State has improved the security apparatus, intensified the provision of infrastructure to ensure enabling environment for viable and vibrant economy. And he further said the commissioning of the project underscores the State philosophy of inclusion.
In his remarks, the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Lagos Water Corporation (LWC), Mr. Muminu Badmus, has said Lagos State government is determined to make potable water available to all residents.
Badmus, an engineer, who spoke at Otta-Ikosi in Agbowa-Ikosi Local Government, at the inauguration of Otta-Ikosi Regional Waterworks, said the government would ensure the availability of potable water in all parts of the state.
He said: “Up till now, the supply of sufficient potable water to meet the demand of the people is a task to many nations across the globe, including Nigeria, and indeed Lagos is faced with the same challenge”.
“In line with the state’s policy to ensure water is supplied to every home in Lagos, the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration has continued to rehabilitate the major waterworks across the state, as well as expand distribution network to meet demand for water by the people”.
Badmus said in despite that the government built many water facilities – five major waterworks and 34 mini water-works to supply water to resident, it has been a Herculean task to meet the demand of the resident and the facility can compete favorably with other Water facilities across the globe
Badmus explained that the water demand of 20 million Lagosians is about 540 million gallons per day, while the state is producing 210 million gallons per day. it, therefore, become imperative for us to keep expanding by building more water facilities. Therefore, become imperative for us to keep expanding by building more water facilities such as this to tackle this challenge.
The LWC managing director said the present administration is aware that Otta-Ikosi and other neighbouring communities are in need of water supply. For this reason, the Government has decided to build this regional waterworks with daily production capacity of 18 million litres to serve nine communities between Itokin and Agbowa. They include Ado, Agbowa, Ago Hausa, Ago Owu, Ajebo Orugbo, Iganke, Ikosi, Odo Ayandelu and Otta Ikosi.
The Goup Managing Director said LWC has designed a water distribution kiosk, which is first of its kind in Nigeria and it will be connected to water mains in the communities around Otta-Ikosi to increase access to potable water, thereby improving public health and sanitation as well as creating jobs.
He urged residents to assist the corporation to protect the waterworks from vandals, so that government investment would not go down the drain.
Badmus said the waterworks would guarantee uninterrupted water supply in the communities and improve the living condition.