Water producers under the umbrella of the Association for Table Water Producers (ATWAP), have proposed the creation of about five hundred thousand jobs nationwide.
The National President, Mrs. Clementina Ativie disclosed this during the 2021 national convention, conference and conferment of awards on Tuesday in Abuja.
She said the body has commenced discussion with the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and a recycling firm to adopt a system of buy-back the production and packaging waste across the country through the ATWAP structure.
Ativie explained that the initiative would create at least five hundred thousand jobs in the next two to three years and make Nigeria greener and safer.
She said, “We have started the discussion with strategic stakeholders to create at least five hundred thousand jobs in the next two to three years. Other stakeholders are welcome to join us as we work in this direction of making Nigeria greener and safer.
“We have commenced an awareness campaign as well as a well-structured timetable to train our members nationwide regularly in good manufacturing practice for water quality operational guidelines,” she said.
In her address, the Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said that from January to August this year, the agency has registered over 1,530 package water factories.
Represented by the Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Jimoh Abubakar, said between the period under review (January to August 2021) NAFDAC shut down 57 packaged water industries that did not comply with the food manufacturing guidelines.
NAFDAC boss added that they are committed to ensuring that Nigerians get good and quality water.