By Ebun Sessou
Lagos—Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, yesterday decried the shortage of water supply in the state.
They, however, resolved to summon the Managing Director of Lagos State Water Corporation, LSWC, Mr. Mumuni Badmus and Commissioner for Budget, Mr. Ashade to work together in order to curb the lingering water shortage in the s since the issue, according to the MD is related to inaccessibility of approved funds as provided for in the year 2016 budget.
A member representing Surulere constituency 1, Desmond Elliot who raised the issue under Matter of Urgent Public Importance stated that “The issue of shortage supply of water in Lagos is a problem that needs urgent attention before it leads to epidemics in the state”.
In his contribution, Chairman House Committee on Environment, Dayo Fafunmi said that he has spoken to the MD LSWC to alleviate this problem but he informed him that the major problem the corporation is having is inaccessibility of approved funds in the budget.
The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa however stated that since the problem has been identified there is need for synergy between the MD LSWC and Commissioner for Budget. The House directed them to meet with Chairman House Committee on Environment in order to find lasting solutions to the aforementioned problem.
Govt appeals for understanding
Meantime, the state government has again appealed to Lagosians to bear with her as residents in some parts of the state are experiencing disruption in public water supply in their areas, saying that this is due to shortage in gas supply to the Akute Independent Power Plant (IPP) and other facilities.
The State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, who made the appeal recently, stated that the inadequate supply of gas can be attributed to the vandalisation of gas pipelines in the Niger Delta Region of the country, adding that the adverse effect of this vandalisation has also affected the water production at other water works facilities across the state.
The Commissioner noted that the main concern of the government is to increase the supply of water due to the ever increasing population of Lagos, as a commercial nerve centre, stressing that, “As at 2010, the daily water demand by residents was 500 million gallons per day while daily supply was 210 million gallons per day. There is therefore a short fall of 290 million gallons per day.”