From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
The Imo state Commandant of the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC), Mr Matthew Ovye has vowed to clamp down on the activities of quacks who produce unsafe table water in the state, to make the state safe.
 Mr Ovye stated this on Wednesday when the Association of Table Water Producers , Imo state Chapter sought the  partnership the State NSCDC Command to assist in checkmating quacks responsible for production of unsafe table water in Imo.
The Commandant thanked the association for their commitment to safe drinking water and their contribution to human capital growth and development of the state.
He acknowledged the role of  table water factories in employment generation through job creation.
 “When people are engaged in meaningful ventures, there will be no reason for them to be involved in crime and Criminality “, he said.
  He however assured the association and the general public that the NSCDC through its Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Explosive unit will clamp down on the activities of quacks and provide safe potable water for Imo people.
Speaking earlier , Chairman of the Association,  Mr Bismarck Lumanze,
who thanked the commandant for a “warm reception “ pledged his association’s readiness to collaborate with the NSCDC to fish out unregistered table water producers whom he said were responsible for the production of unsafe water.
 “ We have come to partner with the NSCDC and to abreast the command of the activities of our association in the state.
 “ The Association is on the vanguard of checking the system of production of table water factories across the state, to ensure it is in tandem with acceptable standards set by the National Agency for Food , Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
 “ We want safe drinking water for Imo people and this is why we will stop at nothing to achieve this “, he said.
He however acknowledged the existence of some quacks who are not part of the association and therefore produce water without NAFDAC approval.
According to him, this may pose danger on the general public who are the consumers of the untreated water.