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50% hospitalized Lagosians suffer water-borne diseases — LASG

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsuru Olowoopejo

Lagos State government has revealed that over 50 percent of residents, who visit hospitals, do so as a result of water related ailments.

This came as government vowed to intensify regulation of water consumption both domestic and industrial in order to checkmate activities of producers of  unwholesome table and sachet water.

Speaking at a meeting yesterday, with members of the Association of Table Water Producers, ATWAP, in his Alausa office, Ikeja, Executive Secretary of Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission, Ahmed Abdullahi, said the state government would henceforth begin massive clamp down on producers of unwholesome water and other consumable liquid items in the state.

Queue of people buying water buying water from a commercial borehole operator

He vowed that government would condone negligence or illegal act while residents ignorantly consume poisonous or unwholesome substances, leaving the state with no option than to cater for them.

According to him; “About 50 percent of those who visit hospitals today do so because they have water related ailments. We are working to control the situation in order to have healthier society.

“This is because most residents in the state do not often check the producer of the water and other contents before drinking the product. But we are seriously addressing this monitoring and inspection of facilities where these products are processed.”

Abdullahi assured the manufacturers of the table of water that government was ready to cooperate with any manufacturers who is ready to maintain proper hygiene  while processing their products.

On NBC

While speaking during a joint press briefing by the State Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC), Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) and Lagos State Waste Water management in Alausa, Ikeja on programme of activities to mark this year’s Water Day, themed;”Waste Water”, said NBC is currently having some issues with government.

According to him: “NBC is having issues with the Lagos State Water regulatory Commission. They always tried to avoid regulatory issues. There are issues that they are having seriously with us that we are working at. We would stop at nothing to ensure that they fully comply.”

He did not expatiate on the nature of offence.


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