The Lagos State government has said that three million residents will benefit from the phase two of the Adiyan water treatment plant project when completed.
The state’s Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Alausa to mark the second year in office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, explained that the state would need N60 billion for the project, which he disclosed was 70 per cent completed.
According to him, the water plant has a production capacity of 70 million gallons per day (MGD) to benefit the three million people. “Water production is not cheap. No one believes that our population will be over 20 million. We have so many people in Lagos. The state government is working hard daily to meet residents’ water need, which suffers a deficit of 500MGD. This facility does not meet the state’s water need. The Igbo-nla water plant is still there and the project will cost the state huge sums of money,” Adejare added.
The commissioner enjoined residents of the state to support the new Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), saying that the initiative was the panacea for delivering efficient and effective solid waste management in the state.
Some benefits of the initiative, according to him, include efficient and regular collection of residential, commercial, industrial and hazardous waste, direct creation of 40,000 direct jobs and protection of public health.
He explained that the ongoing reform in the waste sector, which is the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, would soon be rolled out in a few weeks.
“Current realities in this sector reveal deficiencies across the entire process chain, from insufficient collection services, to inefficient transportation methods, and abysmal disposal practices that are not only wasteful in terms of resource utilization but also injurious to environmental and public health,” he said.
The commissioner remarked that Lagos State, in its 50 years of existence, had grown exponentially in population, thereby impacting on solid waste management and sanitation as a whole.
According to him, the daily waste generation in the state officially stood at 13,000 metric tonnes per day.