Lagos Policy implementation on water supply, sanitation will benefit Imo citizens –Asugha
The Special Assistant to the Imo State governor on Lagos/Southwest Liaison, Hon. Lisa Asugha has said that the move to implement policy on water supply and sanitation by the Lagos State government, which would aim at re-inventing the two sectors, will be of better benefit to Imo citizens residing in Lagos.
Speaking at the sensitization exercise which kicked off recently at Ikeja, Asugha disclosed that the policy contrive for water and sanitation areas became a major challenge to the government, when it discovered that it hugely affects the welfare of the people following the increase of population and unequalled industrial density.
While noting, she furthered that the government under the Lagos State Ministry of Environment carried out a research which discovered that the quality and quantity of available surface and underground water had continued to decrease and worsen, until the present policy implementation that will find a long lasting solution to the provision of an improved water supply and sanitation.
According to her, the former Special Assistant to the Imo state governor on Public affairs added that the Lagos State government and that of Imo are more like sister States, furthering that that is why they have been succeeding in terms of infrastructural development. She however, stressed that governor Okorocha is highly committed to make Imo better.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, also at a stakeholders' meeting and sensitization programme that held in Ikeja, said that the policy frame work for water and sanitation sector was paramount in the State that the government had to create and implement a better policy that will suit the rising number of people in the center of excellence.
In his words: “A policy on water and sanitation is overdue. There must be a synergy between the two. We must ensure control of the extent at which waste water intermingles with ground water for our overall welfare. The policy would also address the issue of quantity and quality of water that is required by the ever increasing population and regulate the use of boreholes,” he said.
Bello further hinted that it was in the realization of the precarious state of water demand, use, allocation, recovery and conservation that the State Government established the Ministerial Technical Committee on the Development of Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Policy (TC-WSSSP) on July 12, 2012 to correct the inherent anomalies and secure the future of water supply and sanitation in the State. The Commissioner further stated that the policy had gone through various stages of development and the forum would avail stakeholders the opportunity of contributing their input.
GOVERNORS ROCHAS OKOROCHA, BABATUNDE FASHOLA AND HON. LISA ASUGHA