The 70 Million Gallons Per Day Adiyan Waterworks, Phase Two Oke-Aro, being built by the Lagos State Government during an inspection tour by Governor Babatunde Fashola SAN on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.INSET: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN (middle) being conducted round by the Managing Director, Lagos State Water Corporation, Mr. Sayo Holloyway (right) and the Project Manager, Salini Nigeria Limited, Mr. Raffaello Bizzarro (left).
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, Tuesday, 19th August, 2014, inspected the on-going 70 million gallons per day Adiyan Waterworks, Phase Two project in Oke-Aro, assuring Lagosians that the ultimate plan of the government in the long-term is to meet their water needs by 2020.
Governor Fashola, who spoke to journalists after the inspection, said his administration has moved from the short term plan, which involved building micro- waterworks to resuscitate some old ones, to the medium term execution adding, “The plan is that, hopefully, by 2020 we should be able to meet the water needs of Lagosians”.
Describing the Adiyan Waterworks project as the third major waterworks intervention in Lagos, the Governor said the importance lay in the fact that his administration started with the micro- waterworks to resuscitate some of those built by past governors of the State to get them to full optimization and to add more as a short plan in the first term, adding that, “This is the medium-term plan in the second term.
“The long term plan is to have more of these now being built with partnership with the Private Sector to deliver more of this. And so this is direct funding; but the long term plan is that we will make at least two or three more of this type to be able to meet the water demand of Lagosians”.
The Governor recalled that the first major waterworks intervention in Lagos was the Iju Waterworks which was built in 1910 explaining that there was no other major intervention until 1991 when the Adiyan Waterworks was first built. “That was a long time of almost a century, and the population continues to grow”, he said.
Governor Fashola, who had earlier handed over a total of 31 classrooms in two government schools in Ifako-Ijaiye and Iju-Ishaga, expressed satisfaction with the progress of water at the site, said the indication of readiness by the contractors to work even at nights would ramp up the speed at which the facility “meant to serve the people of Lagos” would be completed.
“You can see the progress that is being made. We have just been shown the treatment plant, the filtration and the sedimentation and also the work going on in the main reservoir tanks where the concrete walls and foundations are being laid. So it is work in progress”, he said.
According to the Governor, “Apart from the micro-waterworks and mini-waterworks that we have had, this is the third major intervention. Now, why this is important is because we started with the micro- waterworks to resuscitate some of those that were built by my predecessors to get them to full optimization and to add more as a short plan in the first term”.
Governor Fashola, however, said provision of water alone is never the answer, pointing out that there is also the economics and the conservation of water. “Like all utilities, you can never over-supply water. So there must be adequacy of supply, minimization of waste, conservation and the right economics to be able to ensure that the project and the utility pays for itself and delivers on expectation”, he said.
Responding to a question on the on-going Ifako-Ijaiye Stadium project, Governor Fashola assured that the project would be completed pointing out that it was a promise and commitment he made to the people of Ifako-Ijaiye during his campaign for a second term to build a sports facility for the community.
“It is nothing new and it will be completed as we go on. It is a commitment I made during the electioneering campaign for the second term. They wanted a community sports facility. We have done one in Agege, we have done one in Campos, we are building one in Epe and we said it could be done. So, we have started, the contractor is there and, hopefully, we will finish it”, he said.
The Governor, who undertook the inspection in spite of the early morning downpour, along with members of his cabinet including the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba and his Commerce and Industry counterpart, Mrs. Olusola Oworu, was received at the Adiyan Waterworks by the Managing Director, Lagos State Water Corporation, Engnr. Sayo Holloway, his management team and top Management of Salini Nigeria Limited handling the project.