Thursday, 13 April 2017

Lagos Needs 720m Gallons Of Water Per Day – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
on Thursday said his administration remains
committed to bridging the daily deficit of potable
water in the State without inflicting tax burden on
the people, just as he revealed that huge
investments have been made in the sector in the last 23 months. Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (6th right), in a group photograph with President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs (middle); his team and
some members of the State Executive Council during the Association’s courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Speaking at Lagos House in Ikeja when he
received a delegation from the Manufacturers
Association of Nigeria (MAN) led by its President,
Dr Frank Udemba Jacobs, Governor Ambode said
the State requires about 720million gallons of water
per day, but currently has capacity to produce 210million leaving a deficit of about 500 million
gallons. It would be recalled that the present administration
since assumption of office had intensified
investments in the water sector especially by
putting measures in place to revamp the 48 Mini
Water Works across the State to produce at
hundred per cent, while works on the Adiyan Major Water Works had reached advanced stage. The Governor said ever since coming on board,
conscious efforts have been made towards
improving on the business environment by
investing in critical sectors such as infrastructure,
security, traffic management, among others,
saying that investment in the water sector too had been huge. He said: “Just like every other infrastructure that
we are trying to create in the city, water is one of
them and obviously it is clear that we have a
deficit. The city actually needs a minimum of
720million gallons of water per day and right now,
there is a shortfall of almost about 500million and so our investment in water sector is continuous
and very deep. “The truth is that despite being surrounded by
water, the infrastructure that drives the water to
become a drinkable item is huge and we do not
want to tax people to death and at the same time
within the limited resources in a recession, we are
faced with that challenge of wanting to redistribute the limited resources in the various sectors and
sometimes the gap is yet to be filled in that sector. “I do recognize the fact that we need to be on top
of our game in terms of providing water and I also
recognize the fact that we are not yet in a place
where we ought to be but again, we must
understand that within that shortcoming,
government tries as much as possible to find a way to create laws or create an enabling environment
to allow water to be available everywhere,”
Governor Ambode said. While responding to enquiries by the delegation
on charges on water, Governor Ambode said the
intention of laws regulating the water sector was
not to bring any inconvenience to the people, and
that government would be willing to put measures
in place to resolve any issue amicably with the aim of making businesses to continue to operate in the
State. The Governor also reiterated his commitment to
continue to engage with the private sector
through various platforms as well as the Corporate
Assembly which the State had already put in place
to interface with the business community. Earlier, MAN President (Jacobs) said the delegation
was at Lagos House to further build on the existing
cordial relationship with the State Government. Jacobs commended Governor Ambode over his
untiring and exemplary efforts at making Lagos the
centre of excellence especially in areas of
infrastructural transformation, adding that the
investments had greatly helped to create
conducive environment for the manufacturing sector to thrive in the State.

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