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Dubai 2023: Sanwo-Olu seeks Global Funding support for clean water for 22m Lagos population

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State (standing) Pushes His Request at a Side Meeting Tagged, 'Valuing Water: A Lifeline in Climate Transition', in Dubai, UAE

*Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has pushed for a long-term financing opportunity to enable the state to ‘adequately meet the demand for safe water’ by 22 million Lagosians at the ongoing 28th session of Conference of Parties, in Dubai, UAE

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In a move to address the current challenge of increasing demand for clean and safe water in the state, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has sought a long-term financing opportunity to enable the State Government to adequately meet the needs by 22 million Lagosians.

ConsumerConnect reports Governor Sanwo-Olu held a discussion on the burning issue Friday, December 1, 2023, as part of the central issues during a conversation at the United Nations (UN) Climate Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Jubril Gawat, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Lagos State on New Media, in a verified social media account, stated that the discussion was held at a side meeting with the theme: “Valuing Water: A Lifeline in Climate Transition”, which the Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum and Sustainable Market Initiative had organises at the ongoing 28th session of Conference of Parties (COP28) at Dubai Exhibition Centre.

At the cross-sectoral roundtable, the Lagos State Governor “pitched sustainable funding proposal in order to raise private and philanthropic funding in addressing inadequate water infrastructure and supply shortages in Lagos,” said the New Media aide.

Sanwo-Olu equally informed the global audience at the forum, that Lagos, with 22 million population, has a daily demand of 700 million gallons of potable water.

He, however, acknowledged that Lagos State “could hardly supply 210 million gallons per day due to shortage of infrastructure.”

According to Sanwo-Olu, Lagos is challenged by increasing demand for clean water.

The governor further stressed the inadequacy of supply infrastructure could raise disease vulnerability in underserved communities in the cosmopolitan state in Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu added that the state, though surrounded by abundant water bodies, could only manage to utilise 40 percent of its installed water facilities as of now.

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