The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday said that his administration was currently putting in place all necessary machineries to meet up and exceed the projected 733 million gallons of water supply for residents of the state by 2020.
Ambode said stated this while delivering a keynote address at the 2016 World Water Day celebration, themed “Water and Jobs”, held in the state.
According to him, the present administration had opened its windows for both local and international investors under its Public-Private Partnership initiative in addition to the expansion of its existing water works and creation of additional water works to make water supply adequate for its residents.
Ambode, represented by the state’s Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Babatunde Adejare acknowledged the deficit in supply of water to residents of the state, saying the intention of government is to discourage the drilling of boreholes by individuals because of its inherent danger and risk to the environment.
He said that the cost of drilling bore holes or patronising illegal water sellers was far more expensive and dangerous compared to getting water from the government.
While assuring that the 2020 set target for adequate water supply for residents of the state was very achievable, Ambode maintained that the cost of building water woks was in billions of naira hence the need for corporate organisations to assist government in meeting the water needs of over 21 million Lagos residents.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission, Architect Ahmed Abdullahi said the yearly programme provides government the opportunity to draw the attention of concerned stakeholders and the general public to the importance of fresh water and how the limited potable water made available by government could be sustainably conserved.