January 2, 2015 – Not less than N220 billion will be needed in the next ten years for every residents of Lagos State to have access to portable water supply.
The state government made this revelation in the Lagos State Development plan from 2012 to 2015. According to the document made available to our correspondent, the Lagos State Government has been spending about N9.7 billion on water since 2008 but government will need to peak with N220billion by 2025 to make portable water available to every resident.
In other to respond to challenges in the education sector, the government would need to increase its spending on the sector from the present N40 billion per annum to N140 billion per annum by 2025. In the same year, N350 billion will be required per annum to accomplish what is envisaged for the health sector in the year 2025.
In the same vein, annual spending for social development and security is expected to hit N110 billion by 2025. In the environment sector, the state government spends a total of N25. 1 billion each year on the environment and it is expected to accumulate to N375 billion by the year 2025 but the money according to the plan will be insufficient and would require private sector participation in form of Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The state environment budget according to the plan is spent on construction, dredging and rehabilitation of drainage channels, sewage treatment plants, additional equipment for the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), provision of environment friendly toilets in schools and the greening and beautification of public parks and spaces.