Post-Mortem Of Lagos N50.3bn Adiyan Water Project

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(Last Updated On: 2021-10-11)

 

Two weeks ago, when we are considering which one to use among cover stories in our “bank” (there are always many), one that caught our attention is the need to do a post-mortem of the N50.3bn Adiyan water project which commenced in 2008 and yet to be completed after gulping billions of Naira. The project was scheduled to be completed as soon as possible so as to ease decades of scarcity of portable water supply across Lagos State. The editorial team agreed it was a good story, appropriate for this time as the capacity of all the waterworks across the state is less than 300 million gallons of water a day for an estimated 24 million residents whose daily water requirement is about 750 million gallons of water per day.

AP NEWS had earlier visited the project site at Oke-Aro Community, a border settlement between Lagos and the neighbouring Ogun State for on the spot assessment of project progress. A detail of this and why the water project was abandoned for some years is contained in this week edition of our cover story.

Nigeria is currently battling with an outbreak of cholera across many states with over 2000 deaths recorded from the diseases in 23 states. While the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is leading response team to control the cholera outbreak, the agency identified exacerbated poor access to clean water, open defecation, poor sanitation, and hygiene as possible causes of disease.

The Lagos state government had put residents on red alerts against possible cholera outbreak in Lagos.There are also concerns in some Lagos communities where residents use canal and lagoon as toilet while some Lagosians rely on water from lagoon and canal to satisfy certain domestic water needs. It is therefore, important for Governor Sanwo-Olu to consider speedy completion of the Lagos N50.3bn Adiyan Water Project to address the challenge of poor access to portable water supply in the state.

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