As many Nigerians continue to grapple with an increase in the cost of living following the removal of fuel subsidy, some who depend on the sachet and bottled water as an alternative source for potable water would have to pay more to procure one.
A bag of sachet water which sells for between 150-200 naira is now been sold for 300 while a 50cl bottle of water now sells for 700 -750 naira and a 75cl bottle of water now sells for 800-850 per pack depending on the brand.
In an interview on Nigeria Info’s Morning Crossfire, the Rivers State Chairman, Water Producer’s Association of Nigeria, Egberi Mackson, lamented the difficulties in the cost of production faced by the producers of sachet and table water in the state.
“This sector is one of the most neglected sectors by the government”, he said.
Egberi revealed that in the past, efforts made to get the federal and state governments to partner with the association in order to increase access to potable water for underserved areas were unsuccessful.
He called on the government to provide palliatives for the association in the form of import waivers, soft loans, and higher purchases of vehicles, motorbikes, and others to reduce the cost of production and supply of potable water to Nigerians.