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Lagos shuts 30 water factories

- Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe

THe Lagos State Government has sealed 30 water factories in the state.

According to the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission, the factories were sealed on Tuesday for infraction­s ranging from unhygienic production to operating without adhering to good manufactur­ing practices.

The executive Secretary of LASWARCO, Mrs Funke Adepoju, said prior to the enforcemen­t, LASWARCO had taken steps to engage and sensitise the producers on best practices in the interest of residents.

She said, “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.

“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 level of poor and unwholesom­e practices discovered in some water factories in the state was not only dishearten­ing but frightenin­g, vowing that LASWARCO would do all within its powers to ward off any attempt to put the lives of residents in jeopardy.

Adepoju said the factories would remain sealed until their owners comply with all safety procedures.

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