LASG to partner private sector in building water works

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare has hinted that the state government would partner the private sector in the construction of more water works across the State.
Adejare made this known in Lagos on Friday, saying the cost of building water works has skyrocketed due to the exchange rate volatility.
“Government has limited resources with competing needs across sectors. It cannot afford to stick to the status-quo as it is battling with vector-borne diseases ravaging the State. The state government will partner the private sector to build water works under a Public Private Partnership arrangement.
“The partnership entails that the private sector partner will build and charge reasonable amount,’’ he said.
Adejare said that there was need to sort out the issue of appropriate pricing to ensure that the PPP arrangement was favourable to the private sector partners.
He said that the government was sorting out the issue of shortage of water supply in the metropolis.
The Commissioner said that water supply in the state would be given a new lease of life following the repair of equipment and restoration of power supply to its major water works.
`The water works in Ishasi, Adiyan and Iju now produce and supply uninterrupted water to Lagosians,’’ he said.
Adejare said the state government would not relent in its duty of carrying out adequate maintenance of all the three major water works currently serving Lagos residents.

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