In its bid at providing improved water supply in Lagos metropolis, the State government has commenced the process of award of contract for the construction of Adiyan water treatment Plant Phase 11.
On completion, the water treatment plant, The Guardian learnt has the capacity of producing 70 million gallons of water per day (70mgd) and will benefit a population of about three million people.
Lagos State Commissioner for Environment Babatunde Adejare, who confirmed this at the monthly briefing last Tuesday, said, approval has also been given for the development of 100 million gallons of water (100mgd) Odomola water treatment and distribution network project to commence on Public Private Partnership mode.
He stressed that the government has intensified debt recovery efforts in order to reposition the water corporation for more efficient performance.On the issue of waste management, Adejare said the state will employ 27,500 Community Sanitation officers as part of its on- going solid Waste Management reforms in the state tagged Cleaner Lagos Initiative.
The officers who will serve in the communities they reside, he said, would be fully kitted and equipped to sweep the inner streets and take care of vegetal nuisance in their communities.
According to him, “this initiative will further guarantee the vision of the Lagos State in the realization of a sustainable and habitable environment.” The Commissioner informed that the year 2017 promised to be very eventful as it marked the commencement of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, envisaged to take solid waste management to a greater level. He also informed that government had plans to create an environmental sanitation corps cadre so as to enhance the enforcement of the state.
“As we await the new horizon in solid waste management which is characterized by the infusion of technology, resources and technical knowhow as well as creation of jobs for multitude of the unemployed, we remain undaunted in ensuring massive evacuation of wastes, cleaning and clearing of drainages/canals, beautification of the environment and enforcement of pollution control measures”, he said.
Adejare further stressed that refuse generated in the state was on the increase due to the influx of people into the state, which is at the ratio of 80 people per hour.
The government, he said, was poised to intensify advocacy and enlightenment, especially to sensitize waste generators on the value of solid waste and the need for sorting.
On the scorecard of his ministry in the area of Waste Management, the Environment Commissioner stated that “Within the month of January, a total of 33,338.00 metric tons of waste was evacuated from highways and other public places in Lagos, while a total of 135,406.00 metric tons of refuse were deposited in various dumpsites across the state.