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WHAT an irony! That we live in a city that is surrounded by water yet we find it extremely difficult to get potable water for drinking and other domestic uses.

There has been no water supply to the residents of Agboyi –ketu and its environs for almost 2 weeks now, the residents of these communities and its environs now depend on water vendors known as Mairuwa for their daily supply of water while others patronize water tanker vendors. So bad, we don’t even know the source of water we buy and we cannot ask anybody and the only affordable/accessible well/bornehole water is not drinkable.

Further investigations revealed that Water scarcity is hitting some parts of the state due to non-supply by the Lagos State Water Corporation is now a frequent phenomenon as the Corporation had been struggling to maintain supply for about 2 years with just one pump out of the provided five pumps. Currently, none of the pumps is effective.

Water is not just an essential need for all human and animals but also a necessity as a means of survival against the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government in umpteenth efforts is doing everything possible to flatten the curve of the pandemic but the current non-supply of Water to the residents is a leaky bucket strategy of fighting the anti-human virus.

All efforts to get the resolution plans for the non-supply of the essential resource has only earned the common chorus “We are working on it” from the staff of the Corporation. The worst we had under 8 years of Fashola administration was 2/3 days of non-supply of water.

I want to use this medium to appeal to all relevant Lagos State Authority to immediately restore water supply to all affected areas to prevent, health hazards, such as typhoid, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, other related water-borne diseases and prevent future preventable deaths.

Abdulwaheed Odunuga
National Vice President
Joint Action for Good Governance.

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