Nigeria – Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, called for a sustainable environment during his commissioning of four solar-powered boreholes at various locations in Kosofe Local Government Area of the State, as part of constituency projects of the Member, Federal House of Representatives representing Kosofe, Mr. Rotimi Agunsoye.
The Governor, represented at the commissioning by the Permanent Secretary, Environmental Services, Mrs. Belinda Odeneye, called on Lagosians to continually support the State government in its efforts to promote safe, healthy and sustainable environment in the State.
He said the newly commissioned projects would address the gaps and challenges that traders and residents face in accessing safe and clean water in Kosofe Local Government Area of the State.
Sanwo-Olu commended the initiator of the projects, Mr. Rotimi Agunsoye for his thoughtfulness and the successful completion of the projects, stressing that they would go a long way in improving the sanitation and hygiene in the market spaces and areas.
“Water is life and a basic need. We are impressed by this effort and would continue to seek and carry out initiatives to address other challenges faced by residents across the State”, he said.
The Governor, however, urged the market associations and residents of the communities to take ownership of the projects, adding they must ensure the protection and preservation of the projects as collective property.
Earlier in his remarks, Agunsoye said the projects would improve the sanitation conditions and create an atmosphere for healthy living for all residents in the area.
He pointed out that Sustainable Development Goal No 6 is about clean water and sanitation for all, noting that of all the Sustainable Development Goals, the provision of clean and affordable water to all is strongly linked to many other goals, especially in the Health and Environment sector.
The lawmaker added that it was a deliberate decision to make the projects solar powered to prevent endless wait for electricity before residents get access to water.
The representative of the Olojota of Ojota and Baba Loja of Binukonu Ultra-Modern Market, Mr. Akintola Balogun expressed appreciation to the donor of the projects and promised that the projects will be adequately protected and preserved.
The projects commissioned by the Governor, supported by other dignitaries, include a 45,000 litres Solar-Powered Borehole system located at Binukonu Ultra-Modern Market, along Ogudu Road, Ojota; 4,000 litres Solar-Powered Borehole system located at Aladura, Anthony Village; 4,000 litres Solar-Powered Borehole system located at Orisigun Central Mosque Ketu and 45,000 litres Solar-Powered Borehole system located at the Mile 12 International Market.