The Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, has said that the state has mapped out plans to address challenges of wastewater management.
Adejare made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday.
According to him, the plan includes a five-year strategic infrastructure plan as well as sustainable sewage and sanitation strategy.
“The strategy is to ensure sustainable management of wastewater in the state.
“’It has an infrastructural component of 10 new wastewater treatment plants and the revamping of three existing ones in the five-year implementation period.
“It has also an aggressive infrastructural investment in waste water treatment facilities and development of wastewater master plan.
“Environmental sustainability of wastewater infrastructure and ensuring project sustainability and effective financial management will also be part of the strategy,’’ he said.
Adejare said that the institutional framework for the sustainable sewage and sanitation strategy would include enabling environment for public-private partnership.
He assured that it would be a holistic programme to waste water treatment and strengthening of appropriate local and international networks in capacity building for the sector.
The commissioner said that the five-year strategic plan would be developed in such a way that its goals and targets would be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.
He promised that the plan would improve the health standard of Lagos residents by ensuring that tenements and premises pass wastewater into the septic tank system. (NAN)