Determined to enhance the living standard of Apapa residents in Lagos, the Nigerian Ports Authority recently unveiled a 2.4 million gallons per day water plant in the area.
Speaking during the inauguration and handing over of the refurbished mini-water works to Lagos Water Corporation, the Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, said the launch of the project was the beginning of the agency’s long-term plans to enhance the infrastructure in the port location.
The project was jointly executed by NPA and the Lagos Channel Management.
Bello-Koko said that the agency would increase collaboration towards improving the lives of the stakeholders.
“We intend to intensify necessary collaborations geared towards the improvement of lives of our stakeholders and communities in a sustainable manner,” he explained.
Bello-Koko also promised the residents of the port communities that it would continue to work towards enhancing infrastructure within the environment.
He added that the project was in line with the NPA’s commitment to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals number six, which is to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
According to him, the SDG goal is in harmony with the NPA’s dedication to the welfare of the people living and working in the port environment.
“The commitment explains why the authority gave speedy approval to the request of LCM, its joint venture partner to resuscitate the Apapa Waterworks, which had been non-functional for over 15 years,” he noted.
The NPA boss, however, implored all users to take frontline ownership of the investment by ensuring it is adequately maintained.
Earlier, the General Manager of Legal Services at LCM, Kesi Seun-Adedamola, said the LCM, which is 60 per cent owned by NPA, sponsored the project because it felt that repairing the waterworks was a laudable project to undertake within its host community.
She assured that the LCM and the NPA would look into the appeal made by the residents to see to the completion of phase two of the water project, which involved the reticulation of the water.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of Lagos Water Corporation, Muminu Badmus, described the project as a lifeline for the Apapa community and its neighbouring areas.
He said the project would serve as a sustainable source of potable water that would foster the well-being of the people.
The Chairman of Apapa Local Government Area, Idowu Shobanjo, appealed to NPA and the Lagos Water Corporation to look into the completion of phase two of the water project.
According to her, the water project is one of the key pillars of the essential infrastructure that needs to be executed in Apapa.
“Despite having individual boreholes, the people of Apapa do not have drinkable water, which explains why people have been buying tank loads of water for N15,000 and N20,000 every two days,” Shobanjo averred.