Lagos Water Corporation yesterday Friday 30th August, 2019 was on a felicitation visit to the new Lagos State Cabinet members, as the Corporation seek support from the State Government in its bid to meet water demand in the State.
The Corporation was led by the Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus, in company of the Chief Operating Officer, Engr. Deji Johnson; Head, Technical Services, Engr. Suraj Ijaiya; Head, Administration and Human Resources, Mrs. Lyla Oki; Head, Sales and Commercial, Mr. Michael Ajose; Head, Budget and Planning, Mrs. S. Opeifa; Head, Finance and Accounts, Mrs. Saint John; Company Secretary, Mr. Lanre Fashola and Manager, Corporate Communication, Mr. Anifowoshe Rasaq.
The Water family arrived the Lagos State seat of power and visited some ministries at the Lagos Secretariat to congratulate and seek assistance from the State Government to improve on its operations.
The Ministries and Offices visited were, Ministry of Science and Technology, Office of Secretary to the State Government; cabinet Office; Parastatal Monitoring Office, among others.
It is no hidden facts that the Management of the Corporation, under the amiable leadership of Engr. Badmus has been very proactive and working relentlessly to improving the quantity and quality of water supplying Lagosians.
In his presentation, Engr. Badmus stated “On our part, the Lagos Water Corporation has developed plans and strategies towards increasing water production and supply in the State.
The Corporation has developed a Lagos Water supply Master Plan and a Strategic Business Plan as a “Road Map” to take Water production capacity of the State to 492 million gallons per day by the year 2023 to close water demand gap significantly.
Therefore, in our bid to carry everyone along, we have widened our data base to effectively supply water to more Lagosians, we have deployed water meters to properties across the state, so people can pay for the actual amount of water they consume.
While thanking His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor and His Deputy, Dr. kadiri Hamzat for their assistance towards payments of some outstanding debt, he however, seek for more support from the State Government towards full implementation of the plans/strategies in whatever form to achieve desire goals, as the citizens are yearning for improved service delivery.
He stressed further, presently, “we are serving 30% Lagosians, but we want to reach out to every home in the State, that is why we need you all to help us convey our message to our Excellency.
“We also want all ministries and the House of Assembly to connect/tap to the State Water, because “Charity begins at home”, noting that there is dedicated Waterworks to the Lagos State Secretariat and its environs, Alausa Waterworks, Engr. Badmus added.
While responding to the statement made by the MD/CEO, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Hakeem Fahm said, “We’ll do our best to convey your message to the authority. We make sure we get your message to the Government.
“Continue to sensitize the general public on your plans for better understanding.
“We’ll also get the message to the Federal Government, so that other states would follow your footsteps”.
Mr. Fahm added, We know, you and your staff are doing great work by pumping out quality water. We shall complement your efforts by bringing our staff to assist you in terms of technology advancement/ development, which would improve your efficiency.
The Permanent Secretary, Science and Technology, Mr. Olatunbosun Alake, added that the Ministry would assist through the Ministry’s focus, ‘Innovation and technology’, as provision of Water is one of the priorities of the State.
“To tackle local people’s problems, you need to look into local technology”, he stated.
While visiting the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, she urged the Corporation to force every Ministry and State House of Assembly to tap into the LWC service, adding that every one is on the issue together.
“This administration has brought us water in Lagos and is our responsibility to connect into it.
“This office operates an open door policy, we are ready to support you, as LWC is welcome at any time”, she concluded.
The Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Mrs. Durosimi Etti Olorunkemi, applauded the Corporation for the initiative, and wonderful job in improving service delivery in the State. She assured the Corporation of support and assistance from her Office.
Permanent Secretary, Parastatal Monitoring Office, Mr. Taofeeq Fashola also reassured the Corporation of continuous working relationship, as he is a friend of the house.
The Corporation is expected to visit and felicitate with the Commissioner, Ministry for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, Permanent Secretary, Environment, Mrs. Odeneye Belinda and Permanent Secretary, Drainage System, Engr. Shodehide Olalekan Nurudeen.