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Business News of Monday, 15 August 2022

Source: thenationonlineng.net

Northern commissioners understudy Lagos Water Regulatory Commission

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Some commissioners from Plateau and Gombe states have visited the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LASWARCO to understudy its processes.

At Alausa, Ikeja, the state capital, the visitors noted the successes recorded by LASWARCO.

The visitors who were led by the Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, Plateau State, Sa’ad Bello, and his Gombe Water Resources and Energy, Agriculture and Rural Development counterpart, Hosea Finangwai, were Gombe State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources/Environment, Shehu Madugu; Commissioner for Water Resources, Gombe State, Mijinyawa Yahaya, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Abel Habila Gwatau.

Bello said the visit was informed by the need for them to bring best practices to water regulation, management and distribution in their states. He noted that last year some water producing organisations were sealed by LAWREC for various infractions, thereby saving the citizens from drinking unsafe water.

On the Water Resource Bill before federal lawmakers, the commissioner pleaded with the law makers to work with the various state governments, especially that of Lagos to address contentious areas in the proposed bill for its smooth passage.

“Its commendable that Lagos State has a law in place but in order to give the law a national outlook devoid of different interests and for uniformity sake, a national law is needed but there must be basic understanding and establishment of mutual interest with already existing laws at the state levels,” Yahaya said.

During a presentation, Mrs Adepoju underscored the attention accorded water by the administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, being one of the basic amenities for human survival.

She recalled that at the recent Lagos State International Water Conference (LIWAC) “the need to make potable water available and accessible for Lagosians was brought to the front burner’’.

The ES said though financing the water sector has been a challenge, the government is not going to compromise its stance on water availability for its residents, hence the call on the private sector to explore the huge opportunities that abound in the water supply and sanitation services sub-sector.

Adepoju said the establishment of the Commission was an indication of the importance of the water sector. “In addition, just of recent, the state government built a state of the art Water Check Laboratory to ensure that those into the business of water have a place to test it.

The LAWREC chief stated: “An auspicious occasion like this will afford us the opportunity of comparing notes and seeing where we need to make improvement. As we all know, there is always room for improvement. We are not resting on our oars and we can’t claim to know it all in this area.”