Sanwo-Olu reaffirms its commitment to protect Lagos water resources

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to protecting the state’s water resources.

Sanwo-Olu, who said this during the third edition of the Lagos International Water Conference (LIWAC) 2022 held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, said that the project of Adiyan II water was in the final stages of completion.

The Adiyan ll water project is the second largest water infrastructure in the state.

He said: “Water is essential, not only for the sustenance of human life, but also for sustainable development. It is essential for all kinds of economic activities, such as agriculture, power generation, mining, manufacturing, etc.

“We need to make clean, safe water available to our large population and ensure that even as this population grows, strategies are in place to ensure long-term conservation.

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“Our focus is primarily on providing safe drinking water and providing safely managed sanitation services to all Lagosians. We have the political will and an outpouring of support from key stakeholders, and we invite you to open lines of engagement and conversation with us.

“For us in Lagos, we recognize that financing the water sector has been a challenge. According to a study by the World Bank (2015), closing the funding gap in Nigeria’s WASH sector will require about $1.3 billion per year over the next decade, with water utilities requiring about $600 million. annual investment dollars.

“Currently, most financing for water and sanitation comes from the public budget and donor funding, hence this call to action for the private sector to explore the myriad of opportunities that abound in the water supply and sanitation services sub-sector in Lagos. , to add value while enjoying commercial gains.

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