By Suoyo Ekubo
The newly appointed Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development in Rivers State, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, says the State Government will constitute an enforcement task force to clamp down every form of illegal and substandard water factories across the State.
According to the Commissioner, this will ensure that the quality of water delivered to the public meets certain standards in line with relevant water laws.
Professor Ebeku, Stated this during a courtesy visit by the leadership of the Water Producers Association of Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter (WAPAN) to his office in Port- Harcourt.
Professor Ebeku, said the provision of potable water is critically important in view of the fact that water is life, noting that absence of good quality and safe water may lead to proliferations of water-borne diseases.
He however urged the leadership of WAPAN to advise their members to do the needful by complying with the Rivers State Water Development Law of 2012 which regulates water production operations in the State to avoid been sanctioned by the task force.
“Your contributions are recognised by the government but it is important for you to know that water is used for different purposes and of course the human body needs alot of safe water to survive.”
The Commissioner said the standard and quality of water produced in the State must be maintained at all times in line with the policy thrust of the present administration.
Earlier, the State Chapter Chairman of WAPAN, Mr Egberi Odiri Mackson, said their visit was to congratulate the Commissioner on his appointment and assured him of their continued willingness to partner with the government and the Commissioner in achieving the Ministry’s set objectives.
Mr Odiri Maskson expressed hope that the relationship between his organization and the Ministry will be strengthened for the good and betterment of the people of the State.