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Lagos Population Explosion Pushes Water Need To 570 Million Gallons Daily

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The exponential increase in Lagos population has pushed the water supply need of the state to 570 million gallons daily. The managing director, Lagos Water Corporation, Engr Muminu Badmus, made this known to journalists while debunking some online media reports that the state government had awarded water privatisation contract to a discredited company.
’’Population has continued to push the water supply needs of Lagos State to 570MGD, leaving a gap of over 300MGD, while for the same demographic reason, the state’s resources faced pressure from other critical areas,’’ he said. “Globally, attention is shifting to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement to provide infrastructure for the people because it has been established that government can no longer shoulder the responsibility alone.” He said the government was ultimately working towards a PPP arrangement and not outright withdrawal, adding that government intends to be the midwife in an arrangement that would ensure the injection of both public and private funds as well as the expertise, to drive a seamless provision of potable water to the teeming populace.

Badmus said Lagosians, as the ultimate beneficiaries, would have cause to rejoice when what is cooking materialises. The plan, he says, is to device a process that will not only evolve an effective and enduring solution to the water supply needs of residents, but also bring about a model for the country and the entire West Africa sub-region. He said the state has not privatised water supply, neither has it awarded water privatisation contract to any organisation. But insisted that the PPP model initiated in the water sector was still at bidding stage. According to him, such insinuations were at best preemptive, adding that the government had only shortlisted a number of reputable companies, none of which was yet to get the contract. He explained that the Lagos Water Corporation had publicly advertised an Expression of Interest (EOI) which attracted seven local and international firms, out of which four firms were shortlisted following a rigorous and transparent process. Badmus assured Lagosians that the state government would continue to work in their interest by promoting wellbeing.



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