NO POTABLE DRINKING WATER FOR LAGOS HOMES: ASSOCIATION TELLS GOVT.
The Borehole Drillers Association of Nigeria (BODAN), has informed The Lagos State Government of the nonexistence of potable drinking water in most Lagos homes.
Mr. Frank Uzoma, The President of the association told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that boreholes were providing potable water for Nigerians since potable pipe-borne water is almost nonexistent
Mr. Frank Uzoma also criticized the Lagos State Government’s policy to enforce charges and permit for commercial use of boreholes.
He mentioned that all tiers of government must focus on how to provide access to water because most Nigerians do not have access to good water.
In his words:
“We are condemning this policy because 80 percent of Lagosians, depend on boreholes, so if that policy becomes effective, what alternative have they put on the ground.
‘‘Are the taps running? No, they are not, the people need to live, and water is life.
“What alternative has been put in place? Is the water board effectively running in the state? So that new policy cannot be sustained because borehole is meeting the need for water.”
He urged the state government not to criminalize provisions of borehole water, saying that borehole was the only option available for survival.
NAN recalls that the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, had said that the state government would apply charges as a measure of control for commercial users of boreholes.