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USAID to partner LWC for improving water supply - ITREALMS

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In its bid to improve access to safe water, the state government through the Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) has entered partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with a view to have a holistic revitalization of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for the residents.
This was revealed during a working visit of USAID team led by Dr. Joechim Ezeji to LWC on the Lagos Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (LUWASH) at the LWC 45 million Gallons per Day (MGD) Iju Waterworks.

Ezeji applauded the management of LWC, led by the Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus, which has shown commitment and interest in the programme, as discussion is agelong, even before design of E-Wash in 2017.

He said that the agency in her due diligence has been discussing with various stakeholders, such as state governments, water regulatory, contractors, among others to facilitate the exercise.

He, however, said the agency is interested in making water supply services available to the populace and especially the less privileged.

"We want the poor people to get or feel the impact of the investment, as USAID is supporting/financing with 10% of 400million US Dollar, amounting between 40 and 44million to support Infrastructure rehabilitation, Capacity Building, Institutional Strengthening, Improvement of Governance, among others".

Recall that on December 8, 2021, USAID and the Lagos State Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services.

This was the first step towards enhancing urban water service delivery in Lagos State by improving infrastructure, accountability, and strengthening regulatory oversight in the State as well as strengthening the governance, financial and technical capabilities of Lagos water utilities and private sector water vendors.

The partnership between Lagos State government and USAID will spur efforts to make clean water more accessible and affordable, especially in low-income communities.

This is to be implemented under Lagos Urban Water Sanitation and Hygiene (LUWASH) programme.

*Paul Adunwoke/Editor

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