Thursday, June 16, 2016 10:07 pm
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
The Lagos State Government has shut down the premises of CWAY Nigeria Drinking Water Science and Technology Company Limited and Figol Water in various locations in the state for breaching safety standard.
The move is to ensure compliance with the state groundwater quality control regulation and the state drinking water quality standard.
Executive Secretary, Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC), Ahmed Abdullahi, who led the team on the compliance and enforcement exercise, also visited Nigerian Breweries Limited, La Casera, Cascade Waters, 7up, Coca Cola and Guinness Nig. Plc.
He said CWAY Limited was sealed for non-declaration of all its facilities and non-compliance with rules as stipulated in the regulatory guidelines of the Lagos State Water Sector Law (LSWSL) 2004.
“This move is in line with the vision of the state government to curb the occurrence and spread of water borne diseases in the state, as well as improve the standard of living and promote safety culture at all times. The state government is leaving nothing to chance to ensure that all stakeholders in the water sector comply with the guidelines and regulations for water abstraction/consumption as stipulated by the law.
“The administration of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, being a very responsive and responsible government, would no longer fold its hands and watch the pollution of the groundwater through indiscriminate abstraction and illegal borehole drilling that is polluting the groundwater on a daily basis,” he said.
He revealed that the first and second aquifers of underground water were the worst hit and that the state government was taking adequate steps to ensure the preservation and conservation of all the aquifers to ensure safety of lives, provision of portable water that is of good quality and a water sector that is sustainable and viable.
Ahmed said that a sustainability plan by the state government would soon be launched by Ambode and that it would involve corporate private sector participation.
While acknowledging the challenges associated with the supply of water to residents of the state, Ahmed said the intention of government was to ensure a well regulated water sector, devoid of abuse by all stakeholders, adding that this would ensure the attractiveness of the sector to participation by the private sector.
He stressed that by the 2020, the present 33% water provision would rise to 100% when the sector is expected to be fully compliant with the regulations.