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ATWAP harp on quality water, threatens shutdown


By Francis Nansak

The national financial secretary and chairman, Association of Table Water Producers, Karu branch, Alhaji Usman Degi has insisted on producing quality table water, stating that it is the only solution in curtailing cholera ,if standard and hygiene must be maintained.

In an interview with METRO DAILY NIGERIA, the ATWAP national officer decried persecution of it’s members by the authority of Keffi local government area in Nasarawa State.

He said the association had given the council management an ultimatum while awaiting an invitation from the seating chairman of Keffi ,as they had also made wide consultations,he added that in the event of failure after exhausting the various avenues and the government reneged ,ATWAP will be left with no option but to shutdown production of table water across the north central states.

Stating his reasons being that the cost of producing quality table water, otherwise known as Pure Water has gone up to 400% ,forcing its members to make an increase on the initial price of a bag of water, which usually goes for between #80 to #100 ,lasting for a period of Fourteen years.

He added that with the increase in prices of materials, apart from fuel, cost of maintenance and payment of factory staff, there is also transportation from one area to another, which he said was more of risk taking in doing pure water business.

He further said” These are part of the reasons that led to increase in the price of table water per bag, but regrettably instead of appreciating the sacrifices made by our members to ensure that there is clean portable water to drink, government and their politicians are trying to fight us,not knowing what we are trying to avoid. If you allow everybody to produce water without putting in some measures with quality in consideration, you automatically open doors for people to go on producing substandard water and the public will be at risk of cholera.

“In doing this we have shut down a lot of factories within Karu for substandard water production, as we work hand in hand with NAFDAC, the federal government regulatory agency.

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“So regarding standard and quality production, we are trying our best to make sure that those operating without NAFDAC registration or whose licenses had expired go for renewal.

“Currently, the association is working on good labelling to afford our consumers identify which pure water has undergone due registration and certification by NAFDAC for quality production and this can be identified by name visibility ,lylone used in packing the water ,as it is expected to be of food grade” He added.

Alhaji Usman Degi also explained that the association is working on Batch Coding and Date Marking because there is no how one will produce bottle water without Batch Coding or Date Marking, saying but with the availability of the Device,it is now mandatory for every table water producer to get that Batch Coding machine.

Also, Reverend Moses Abdul,the association disciplinary committee secretary said over 20 of it’s members had been penalised for violating the rules.

According to him, the association has zero tolerance for members who engaged in substandard production and are found wanting, by selling below#200 per bag of hundred.

He said from the first of November every table water producer is required to use the polythene of not less than 30 micro as approved by NAFDAC and that they are determined to ensure that the standard is sustained.

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