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Lagos moves to improve water supply

By Bertram Nwannekanma
16 May 2022   |   2:43 am
As part of efforts toward providing adequate quality water supply to its citizens, the Lagos State Government has commenced baseline data collation and status verification

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Tasks residents to support baseline data collation

As part of efforts toward providing adequate quality water supply to its citizens, the Lagos State Government has commenced baseline data collation and status verification on water supply across the state.
 

 
Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, who spoke at a one-day training session for Field Officers on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) survey, in Ikeja, said the government needs adequate data support for policy formation on water resources.
 
Bello said there is a poor supply of water in the state, stressing that baseline studies and data gathering will help in effective policies to improve water supply.
  
Bello, who was represented by Director Drainage Enforcement and Compliance in the ministry, Mahmood Adegbite, said 100 enumerators will be trained for the exercise to cover the 57 Local Councils and Council Development Areas in the state.
 

He appealed to Lagos residents to support and accept the enumerators for a successful exercise, stressing that the survey aims at ensuring that safe and clean water is accessible to all.
 
“It’s a 10- day baseline survey of water supply and sanitation facilities in private and public facilities, which will cover hotels, schools, tertiary institutions, farm settlements, hospitals,  gardens and more except private houses.

“ The survey is to determine the status of water and sanitation facilities in all the institutions, which will eventually form the cornerstone that will finally inform investment in the sector as soon as possible,” he said.

     
In her remarks, the Director, Water Resources in the ministry, Mrs. Omolanke Taiwo, noted that the importance of quality water cannot be overemphasised in human existence, saying that water is life and should be available and accessible to every resident.
   
She recalled that the Federal Government had launched a campaign to put an end to open defecation by 2025, adding that baseline surveys would give proper status and functionality to the water scheme and the report would give an edge to the government on planning.
   
He urged everyone to take the survey as part of their lives and give total support to the enumerators adding, that if there is no safe water there can not be good sanitation.