In Lagos, the state government has shut down 30 water factories
The firms were shut down on Tuesday by the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LASWARCO) for a variety of reasons, including unsanitary production and failure to follow basic manufacturing procedures.
Mrs Funke Adepoju, LASWARCO’s Executive Secretary, stated that before the enforcement, LASWARCO took initiatives to educate and sensitize producers on best practices in the benefit of citizens.
In her words , “In as much as we have the mandate to ensure that operators remain in business, we cannot fold our arms and allow infractions to fester without being addressed”.
She also added that, “The primary regulatory mandate of the commission is to ensure that operators in the water abstraction, production and distribution industry comply with best manufacturing procedures to safeguard the health of the people.”
She said the extent of bad and unwholesome practices revealed at some of the state’s water factories was not only upsetting but also terrifying, assuring that LASWARCO would do everything in its power to protect residents’ lives.
The factories will be sealed until their owners comply with all safety measures, according to Adepoju.