To ensure the provision of potable clean water in Lagos schools, the state government has reiterated commitment to provide portable water supply to all its 15 model colleges, and others schools, as a step towards avoiding the outbreak of water borne diseases in its schools.
The state government’s move is in response to the recent outbreak of diarrhea at the Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, which claimed the lives of two students. According to the Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, the government is not unaware of the fact that about 80 per cent of diseases in developing countries are waterrelated, and that solution lies in the government responsibility to provide clean water to the citizens, the duty she said is sacrosanct to the government.
Adebule, who disclosed this at the inauguration of water purification system donated by the human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) to the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, however, added that it is estimated that two million people die yearly from waterrelated diseases.
The deputy governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi thanked the donor, even as he noted that the project has great potential to reduce the possibility of water borne diseases or complications that could lead to epidemic in the school.
She insisted that in order to prevent water pollution and ensure seamless provision of clean and safe water for the use of staff and students of the various boarding institutions, the state government has provided boreholes for all the 15 Model Colleges and Upgraded Secondary Schools across the state.
Adebule, therefore, noted that the inauguration of the project on a day set aside by the United Nations as World Water Day is significant as it bothers on achieving the Goal Six of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which she noted, addresses the issues relating to drinking, sanitation and hygiene including the quality and sustainability of water resources globally.
Earlier in his address, the donor, lamented that each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhea diseases, 40 per cent of which are attributable to the school environment.