By Kingsley Adegboye
Following the policy of Lagos State Government’s policy of making the private sector the driver of economic development to provide a framework for accelerated and sustainable development through infrastructure renewal, maintenance and procurement, the government recently held a one-day forum to woo investors to invest in wastewater management.
Speaking at the forum, Governor Babatunde Fashola said his administration is irrevocably committed to innovations that will better the lot of Lagos residents. He further stated that partnership helps to diversify the economy by providing opportunities when none seems to hitherto exist and reduces pressure on government in a way that enables it to concentrate its resources and manpower on the delivery of social support to the society.
“There are almost 20 million people in Lagos and several other hundreds of thousands come to Lagos everyday to earn their living. They all use water and the volume of wastewater generated therefore justifies involvement of parties that will complement government’s efforts. It is an initiative to expand whatever treatment capacity. It is a new vista of economic opportunities.
The Governor who said his administration’s partnership philosophy is anchored on better service delivery to Lagosians declared: “ We have done it successfully in other areas such as security and transportation, and we are encouraged to expand its frontiers. The unveiling of the five-year wastewater sectorial policy and the investment potentials inherent is a continuation of a series of affirmative action. It started with the adoption of the policy by the State Executive Council for implementation and budgetary funding as well as the requisite institutional framework to effectively drive the vision through the establishment of the Lagos State Wastewater Management Office in August 2010″, the governor stated.
The Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire who recalled that at the first Sewage and Wastewater Summit held last year, it was resolved that the Sustainable Sewage Sanitation Strategy Policy should be finalized was elated that it has been adopted by the State Executive Council. Similarly, a State Action Plan for the implementation of Sustainable Sewage sanitation Strategy with the time lines has been established while a sewage and wastewater management authority has been created.