LAGOS State Government has said it is determined to ensure that every resident of the state has access to potable water.
Commissioner for Rural Development, Cornelius Ojelabi, said the government was achieving this aim by providing different water schemes in urban and rural areas of the state.
Ojelabi spoke on Friday after the inauguration of two Type A water projects in Oniwaya and Ifetodola communities in Agege.
He urged the communities to reciprocate government’s gesture by ensuring maintenance of the project and cleaning of the drains in their areas.
He said, “The inauguration of the projects signifies government’s efforts aimed at ensuring that all residents of Lagos State have access to potable water.
“The projects are modified Type ‘A’ water project to Oniwaya and Ifetodola community development associations in Agege area.
“The community can then reciprocate by ensuring that their drains and environment were clean at all times. The attention of the state Waste Management Authority should be called whenever the Private-Sector-Participation operators in their area were not performing to expectation.”
The commissioner urged the community leaders to educate their people on the need not to erect structures on the road and do everything to make Lagos a model mega city.
At Oniwaya, Chairman of Oniwaya Community CDA, Evangelist Gabriel Olawoye, said the contractor handling the construction of a canal in the area had blocked their drains. He urged the government to ensure that the canal was completed before the rainy season to save the lives and property of the people of the community.
Head of Department, Rural Water and Sanitation of the ministry, Mr. Adisa Yinusa, said the government constructed the water projects in the two communities in response to the request from the people and the assessment of the department, which showed that the people did not have access to potable water.