Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly at its Tuesday plenary session decried the shortage of public water supply in the State.
Hon. Desmond Elliot (Surulere Constituency I), who raised the issue under Matter of Urgent Public Importance, stated that the issue of shortage of public water supply in recent times has become a big problem in some areas in the state as such there is an urgent need to find a solution to it before it leads to an epidemic in Lagos.
Also contributing, the Chairman, House Committee on the Environment, Hon. Dayo Fafunmi said that he has spoken to the Managing Director, Lagos State Water Corporation (LSWC), Engr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus on the issue, who informed him that the major problem facing the corporation is its inability to access approved funds in the 2016 Budget.
To this end, Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that since the problem has been identified there is need for collaboration between the LSWC and the State Ministry for Economic Planning and Budget.
The House therefore directed the Managing Director of Lagos State Water Corporation, LSWC, Engr. Mumuni Badmus and Commissioner for Budget, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade to work together to resolve the issue of inaccessibility of approved funds by the corporation in order curb the lingering water shortage in the State.
The LAHA also directed them to liase with Chairman, House Committee on the Environment, Hon. Dayo Fafunmi, with a view to finding lasting solution to the problem.
In another development, Hon. Segun Olulade representing Epe Constituency II informed the House on the flooding of two communities, Poka and Imoko, in his Constituency due to the heavy downpour of 29th and 30th May, 2016.
He stated that there is need to call on the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development to ensure that members of the public abide by the building plans approved by the Agency and for the Ministry of the Environment to carry out palliative measure to clear the drainage in Poka, Imoko and its environs to enable free flow of waste water in channels.
The House therefore directed the Ministry of Information to embark on sensitization and enlightenment campaign in order to sensitize the members of the public on the inherent dangers in dumping refuse in drainage.