Foreign firm seeks support to host 2018 West Africa water expo in Nigeria
To ensure adequate supply and distribution of clean water in West Africa, a Turkey based firm, Elan Expo, plans to host its 2018 West Africa water waste technologies exhibition in the country.
The firm said the exhibition would create synergy among water agencies, bring more investors and generate foreign direct investment (FDI) to the country.
It stated that it would also assist to handle crisis that may occur at the Lake Chad Basin if adequate measures were not put in place.
Speaking yesterday at the Lagos Water Corporation, the coordinator, West Africa Water Expo (WAWE), Jude Chime stated that following the country’s increasing population, there was the need to consider water as a major daily necessity.
He noted that access to clean and potable water would help to reduce various health challenges.
The water exhibition and conference would hold from July 10 to 12, 2018 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos and would allow companies to showcase their equipment and create an avenue for matchmaking services to generate business ideas.
“The expo will coordinate and ensure that in the near future, Nigeria does not have issues of supply and distribution of clean water. The exhibition is a continuous process until we start getting all aspects of water supply, sanitation and distribution right.
“The purpose of the event is to rally all stakeholders in the water and waste management sector to see how we can increase participation in water supply, distribution, sanitation and descent technologies in the waste water sector.
He added that WAWE offers unique value to companies, associations and other industry players connected to the water expo to serve them through huge national and international network and resources, which offer access to foreign embassies, chambers of commerce and other stakeholders.
Speaking, Group Managing Director, Lagos Water Corporation, Muminu Badmus, explained that water could not be separated from waste water, as it derives from water.
He said the expo would afford the corporation the opportunity to generate more innovative ideas and equipment to see how it could be incorporated into its services.
“It is an opportunity that we need to take advantage of and partner with the team through paper presentations and field trips to some of our facilities. Water in Lagos have come a long way, it is an opportunity to showcase what we are doing here ourselves,” Badmus said.
He pointed out that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was presently investing heavily on water, adding that population was increasing increase in Lagos on a daily basis and as such the state has to catch up and be able to supply water to all parts of Lagos.