The government of Lagos state has ascribed the activities of road construction to the challenge of water supply in Apapa, Lagos.
The Manager, Corporate Communication of The Lagos State Water Cooperation (LWC), Mr AbdulRazak Anifowoshe, said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.
Anifowoshe said the challenge was reviewed during the stakeholders meeting with Apapa residents and Lagos Water Corporation, South West Region, at the Apapa Local Government secretariat.
Representing the LWC Managing Director/CEO, Mr Muminu Badmus, the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Service (ETS), Mr Ijaiya Suraj, said that the purpose of the meeting was to keep the residents of Apapa of Lagos abreast on the situation of water supply in the area.
Ijaiya said that the challenge of water disruption in the area and adjoining communities is as a result of the ongoing activities of road construction in the area.
He added that Dangote Group of Company had contracted an Apapa Road Construction to Hi-Tech Construction Company, which has resulted to a threat in water supply in the area.
“Due to the ongoing road construction in Apapa, there has been water disruption in the area, as a result of water leakages, damages to water pipes, mains and other water facilities in the area.
“The affected roads/streets are Wharf road, Liverpool road, warehouse road, creek road, marine road and Burma road, among others.
“Also the activities have affected the corporation largely, resulting to non-revenue from water, as LWC is losing million gallons of water daily.
“The corporation has cried to the Hi-tech construction company for reimbursement/fixing and repair of the pipes, and other damages to LWC facilities, but nothing is forthcoming,” Ijaiya said.
The executive director of LWC, urged the residents to please stand up to their right of water enjoyment by asking the construction company to fix the leaks and other damages so that they can continue to enjoin water supply in the area.
However, he assured that the corporation would sustain water supply to Lagos residents but urged them to pay their water bills as when due.
He further explained that the corporation had installed water meters in some areas of the state, yet the public is not paying, noting that the corporation’s service is not profit venture/business.
Ijaiya also called for customers’ attitudinal change towards settlement of water bills, adding that LWC is improving to expand supply to meet ever increasing demand of Lagos.
He said that the residents should work together with the corporation to achieve its aims and objectives.
He however reassured the Apapa residents that the corporation is ever committed in providing potable water supply in Lagos, and enjoined the general public to support the CLWC by paying their bills regularly.