By ONYIRIMA Aneme
The Imo State House of Assembly Wednesday 20th May 2020, moved a motion to checkmate the activities of pure water producers in the state.
The motion which was raised by a ranking member, representing Isu State Constituency Hon. Mrs. Ngozi Obiefule and supported by Hon. Mrs. Uju Onwudiwe member for Njaba State Constituency among other things condemned the method employed by the producers in the course of production of the pure water in the state.
According to the chief sponsor of the motion Hon. Ngozi Obiefule, pure water production is carried out at every nook and cranny of the state. According to her some of the pure water factories are sited in an unhygienic environment thereby posing great healthy dangers to Imolites. “ My investigation shows that no water here is pure but ordinary acid water. Every village now has pure factory and yet not even one is really pure and no wonder the low standard,” she noted.
Obiefule therefore urged the House to set up ad hoc committee to visit substandard pure water factories to ensure they meet up with the standard required to produce hygienic sachet water in the state.
Supporting the motion, Ambassador Uju Onwudiwe representing Njaba State Constituency said carried out a personal investigation, and discovered that what people see as pure water is ordinary acid water.
She disclosed that the environment and packaging methods are not hygienic, just as she advised that people should not be allowed to take tap water which they claim to be pure water.
Onwudiwe advised the House to write to NAFDAC in order to ascertain their policy on how pure water should be produced in the state as well as the corresponding sanctions on defaulting producers.
Another supporter of the motion, member for Orlu State Constituency Hon. Pascal Okolie said there is cholera outbreak in Orlu following the unhygienic manner pure water is being producing in the state, adding that despite such a worrisome situation, producers had without considering the economic situation increased the prices of pure water and bottled water which they regrettably produce in their backyards.
Okolie therefore supported that NAFDAC should be invited to check the excesses of the pure water producers.
At the end of the debate, the Speaker Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins put the motion to vote and the motion was passed. A four-man ad hoc committee to be chaired by Hon. Ngozi Obiefule was constituted to investigate the issue.