Monday, April 15, 2024

Lagos govt unveils new WASH policy


The Lagos State Authorities has unveiled its new Water Provide, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) coverage, geared toward enhancing entry to scrub water and sanitation.

The state authorities mentioned the coverage was according to the UN Sustainable Improvement Aim (SDG) Six.

The coverage was introduced on Thursday, throughout an occasion organised in commemoration of the 2024 World Water Day with the theme: “Water for Peace.”

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that the Lagos State WASH coverage was developed by the Lagos State Authorities with technical assist from the US Company for Worldwide Improvement (USAID).


The technical assist got here via the USAID/Nigeria Lagos City Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (LUWASH) Exercise.

Presenting the coverage, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu mentioned it served as a guiding framework within the journey in direction of guaranteeing common entry to scrub water and sanitation.

Mr Sanwo-Olu was represented by the Commissioner for Surroundings and Water Sources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab.

“This complete coverage outlines a holistic method to water administration, encompassing methods for conservation, air pollution prevention, and equitable distribution.

“By implementing the provisions of the WASH Coverage, we reaffirm our dedication to depart nobody behind in our quest for water safety and peace.

“In our pursuit of water safety and sustainability, it’s crucial that we embrace the ideas of inclusivity and fairness.

“By addressing water shortage and inequities in entry, we are able to mitigate conflicts and construct a extra peaceable and simply society,” he mentioned.

The governor added that the continuing actions of the LUWASH challenge supported by USAID, exemplified the federal government’s dedication to selling water safety and sustainability in city areas.

He mentioned that LUWASH was at present supporting the water sector in varied actions, which included the rehabilitation of 5 micro/mini water works for Lagos Water Company (LWC).

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He mentioned that it additionally included capability constructing for the Lagos State Water Regulatory Fee (LASWARCO) within the space of tariff setting, and supporting the event of a enterprise case for the Lagos State Wastewater Administration Workplace (LSWMO).

“Via modern interventions and partnerships, we’re enhancing water infrastructure, enhancing sanitation companies, and empowering communities to take possession of their water sources.

“By investing in city WASH initiatives, we aren’t solely enhancing the standard of life for city dwellers but in addition fostering resilience and social cohesion in our cities.

The Minister of Water Sources and Sanitation, Joseph Utsev, represented by the Everlasting Secretary, Aliyu Shinkafi, mentioned entry to scrub water remained a luxurious for too many individuals.

Mr Utsev mentioned that this led to inequality, battle, and instability.

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“Greater than 3 billion folks worldwide depend upon water that crosses nationwide borders.

“But, solely 24 nations have cooperation agreements for all their shared water as reported by the UN waters.

“Public well being and prosperity, meals and vitality programs, financial productiveness and environmental integrity all depend on a well-functioning and equitably managed water cycle.

“In the present day, we’re confronted with unprecedented challenges, from the escalating impacts of local weather change to the rising calls for of a quickly increasing world inhabitants.

“But, within the face of those challenges, we should additionally recognise the immense potential of water as a catalyst for cooperation, collaboration and peace-building,” he mentioned.

Talking on the theme, Utsev highlighted the facility of water to create peace or spark battle.

In keeping with him, when water is scarce or polluted, or when folks have unequal, or no entry to water, tensions can rise between communities and nations.

“By harnessing the facility of water as a device for diplomacy and dialogue, we are able to bridge divides, construct belief and forge lasting partnerships that transcend the restrictions of geography and beliefs.

“By selling inclusive governance constructions, selling built-in water useful resource administration, and investing in water infrastructure and expertise, we are able to create the circumstances for peace to flourish and prosperity to thrive,” he mentioned.

Mr James Racicot, LUWASH Chief of Get together, defined that LUWASH was carried out in 2023 as a five-year $38.9 million exercise supported by USAID.

He mentioned it was to extend the supply, high quality and use of secure water and sanitation companies.

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In keeping with him, the targets of the LUWASH exercise are to strengthen governance and institutional association to ship improved WASH companies and enhance private and non-private service supplier efficiency.

Others, Mr Racicot mentioned, are to extend entry to secure and sustainable water companies and enhance the standard of supply water.

“LUWASH has began capability constructing of key institutional stakeholders and can quickly start rehabilitation of chosen precedence Lagos Water Company water works to allow elevated water manufacturing and provide,” Mr Racicot mentioned.

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