April 10, 2012
By Babatope Babalobi who was in Marseilles
France’s second largest city- Marseilles, coordinates 43° 17′ 47.04″ N, 5° 22′ 12, last month hosted two week long global meetings to discuss the challenges in the water and sanitation sector; specifically to identify management options that breeds inequity and crisis in water resource allocation and sanitation service delivery, and proffer solutions to prevent water related issues from causing a prophetic third world war.
Officially, what was supposed to be held in Marseille between March 11th and 17th 2012, was the World Water Forum (WWF), the sixth. Previous WWFs were held in Morocco 1997, Netherlands 2000, Japan 2003, Mexico 2006, and Turkey 2009.
The WWF is organised every three years by the World Water Council (WWC) which describes itself as a an international multi-stakeholder platform, established in 1996 “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision-making level, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on earth”.
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February 13, 2012
By: Olufunmilayo Falobi Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the challenges facing Water Corporation services in Lagos State is the evading of payment by residents. Some of the residents who are under the water corporation scheme owe the company and this is affecting it in delivering effective service. The corporation charges residents N500 per flat and it has been discovered that some of them (residents) would not pay the money as at when due and would allow it to accumulate for period of time thereby becoming problems for them to pay.
Investigation also showed that in a situation where residents do not pay accumulated bills, the corporation would cut them off from the main source supply but some of the residents have also devised a means of reconnecting themselves back by contacting a plumber to help them connect their pipe back to the main source.
This is a big challenge for the water corporation. Some residents explained that in the house where they live, the landlord usually collect water bill along with rent and so they are not aware that the landlord was not remitting same to the water corporation until a bill from the corporation revealed that they owe.
Mrs Mercy Okafor said, “we were surprised one day when the water corporation officials came to our house and gave us a bill of N170,000 which we owed for the period of two to three years. We explained that we usually pay everything to the landlord but currently, everybody pays flat by flat. When the landlord who does not live in the house was contacted he said, “I will settle it.”
Payment default by residents is a big setback to the corporation and it was learnt that at the end of the day, in most cases, agreement would be reached by the corporation and the defaulters and the remaining balance not paid becomes bad debt.
February 13, 2012
Olufunmilayo Falobi email@example.com
Lagos State is one of the commercial centres in Nigeria. The state also refers as state of aquatic splendour is surrounded by water and also play host to the Atlantic Ocean. However, residents in some suburbs areas of the state do not have access to portable water as many rely on borehole and those that do not have borehole in their houses buy water for use. Iju-Ishaga, a suburb in Ifako Ijaiye local government area of the state is where the State Water Corporation is located.
The corporation provides water services to the residents mostly in the urban areas. Nevertheless, residents in Iju-Ishaga have to buy water from water vendors popularly known as Meruwa. The Meruwas are mostly Northerners who came to Lagos for business. Those that do not patronize the meruwa have boreholes in their houses from where they get water. However, the question has been raised to the quality of water that is being bought from the Meruwas. Investigation revealed that some of them (meruwa) do not wash the kegs they use for business often and as such, residents discover particles whenever they buy water from them. A water dealer simply identified as Ibrahim said “I wash my gallons once in every two weeks.”
While in some others it could be more than that. Inquest shows that residents buy 10 gallons of water at the rate of N200.00 while in some areas; it is higher than that depending on the structure of the building. In a two storey building, occupants at the ground floor pay N200 while those on the first floor pay N250 and those on the second floor pay N300.
In Ifo Local government area in Ogun State, a boundary between Lagos and Ogun, residents also buy water while many rely on borehole. Residents explained that initially they buy water from meruwa at N200 but after the removal of fuel subsidy protest by Nigerians in which the Federal Government of Nigeria increased petrol pump price from N65 to N97, residents now buy 10 gallons of water at N300. According to the residents, “we have to continue to buy water for survival since we are not under the water corporation scheme. Is either we buy directly from those that have borehole in their houses or we patronize the meruwa,” they said.
Consequently, residents face more water challenge during raining season. This is because the meruwas would leave Lagos State and go back to their base in the north for farming. During that period, residents always find it difficult to get water.