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500,000 Lagos residents at risk of looming epidemic from sewage plant

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RESIDENTS of Iponri Low-Cost Housing Estate, Surulere Local Government Area, Lagos State, on Sunday appealed to the Lagos State Government to save their lives from epidemic that was looming in their area. Speaking with newsmen, they said Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has disconnected a sewage plant that usually drains dirty water from the soak-away of more than 400 housing units with 500,000 residents due to unpaid bills.

According to them, the non-functioning of the sewage plant had resulted into flooding of the estate by dirty water from the soak away, thus spreading stench odour in the area. Mr Abdul-Rasak Osho, President, Iponri Housing Estate Residents’ Association, told news agency that the residents noticed that the sewage plant, constructed by the Lagos State government and being maintained by the Ministry of the Environment, stopped working about three months ago.

“We met the engineer-in-charge who told us that the power supply to the plant had been disconnected because LASG owed the EKEDC. We bought diesel for them to power the plant but it was exhausted within just five hours. We have appealed to EKEDC to restore the power supply but it said not until the state government pay what it owed the company.

“Presently, the dirty water has flooded everywhere in the estate. We cannot even pass some routes now because of the flood,” he said.

Osho appealed to the state government to offset the bill so that EKEDC would restore power supply to the sewage plant and safe the estate from the impending epidemic.


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