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NIGERIA: Lagos Commission Tasks Residents on Water Hygiene

 As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the Lagos State government has intensified efforts toward creating awareness among residents on the need to consume clean water and dig boreholes and wells, far from where toilets are located in their respective homes.

Speaking at a media parley in Lagos, the Chairman of Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC), Mr. Taiwo Shebi-Oba said the state government is committed to seeing that water consumed in Lagos is clean, tasteless and prepared in a hygienic environment.

To ensure effectiveness of service, the commission rolled out a few activities and modalities to better equip the public on the activities of the commission.

Explaining the functions of the commission, Mr. Shebi-Oba, said as a body, the LSWRC was established in pursuant to the Lagos State Water Sector Law, 2004 which is responsible for promoting viable and sustainable water and waste water service provision in Lagos.  According to him, a major objective of the commission is to ensure protection of the long term consumers with respect to price, quality and reliability of service.

He stated further that even though the commission was enacted in 2004, it took the resolve and commitment of the current governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to create the necessary frame work for its effectiveness.

According to him, the state government, having realised that infrastructural development without the requisite governance structure to ensure its sustainability will not lead to an enduring sector, considered the commission as a necessary platform to impact on the people.

He added that in the spirit of mega city status of Lagos, it became necessary for Fashola’s administration to give priorities to some social amenities, which include; building of more water works, promotion of private sector investment and sensitisation of the entire citizenry.

Also speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Mrs. Tanwa Koya said it was established to ensure that an enabling environment is put in place for a viable and a sustainable water supply and wastewater management sector.

The executive secretary pointed out that the commission is out to ensure that the dander of contaminated water is taken into cognisance and how it will be properly managed, adding that the State government is interested in the health of its people and that the public should not hesitate to call on the commission on water related issues.

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