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Stakeholders seek increased collaboration to tackle water scarcity

Stakeholders seek increased collaboration to tackle water scarcity

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Anna Okon

Stakeholders drawn from water-related fields in the public sector, non-governmental organisations and corporate organisations including Coca-Cola Nigeria have agreed on the need for increased level of collaboration to tackle the challenges associated with water scarcity and its waste in Nigeria.

Speaking during a sustainable development symposium organised by Pan Atlantic University in Lagos with the theme ‘From Global Goals to Local Action: Catalysing Action Towards Sustainable Water Development’, the stakeholders declared that there was the need for government, corporate organisations as well as non-governmental organisations to partner to promote sustainable water provision and management in Nigeria to bridge the demand gap for water in communities.

During a panel discussion session of the symposium, the Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca Cola West Africa Business Unit, Mr. Clem Ugorji, stated that it had become increasingly imperative for government and other critical stakeholders to work together to ensure water availability for all considering the population growth and limited access to potable water.

A statement quoted him as saying that the Coca-Cola Company had been at the forefront of the campaign of sustainability, safe and clean environment through its numerous water initiatives.

He restated the commitment of the company to continue to provide clean water, noting that the drive for water efficiency by the company was anchored on three key pillars, namely: reduce, recycle and replenish.

The company, he added, was committed to achieving water neutrality in the year 2020 by reducing the amount of water used.

He said, “We recycle the water we use for manufacturing and return it to the environment safely. We give back to communities through local water initiatives.  In several African countries, we are working with a range of partners to protect and improve water sources and provide access to clean water to communities.

“In our bottling plants, we closely monitor our water sources, minimising the amount of water we extract from local surroundings. Between 2015 and 2017 business year in Nigeria alone, we have improved our water use efficiency by 7.5 per cent.”

Also speaking at the symposium, a lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos, Prof. Taibat Lawanson, explained that government and private sector needed to work together to ensure efficient availability of water resources to the communities.

She attributed the poor delivery of water projects across communities by both government and corporate organisations to lack of proper engagement of the communities emphasising the need to carry them along right from conceptualisation.

On his part, the Chief Operating Officer, Lagos State Water Corporation, Deji Johnson, stressed the need for Nigerians as well as corporate organisations to show concern in the manner in which water was used.

He said, “Let us understand that water is not an infinite product. We have a part to play in water sustainability. The sustainability of water for us depends on the actions we take.”

In her own remarks during the panel discussion, Dr. Ijeoma Nwagwu from the Faculty of Strategy and Sustainability at the Lagos Business School, commended corporate organisations including Coca-Cola for the invaluable role they had played in water sustainability drive over the years.

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