By Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
In order to guarantee that portable water reaches at least 13 local government areas out of 30 and one Area Development Area Office in Osun State, the state government has spent N2.5 billion in the last three months for the complete rehabilitation of Ede waterworks.
Speaking on the efforts of the State Government to ensure adequate portable water supply to the State, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Water Resources, Mrs. Tawa Williams, at the quarterly press briefing of the State Water Corporation disclosed that nine different waterworks in the State are undergoing various stages of rehabilitation, reconstruction, and expansion while five earth dams have been delisted for optimum use.
The water works that have received the attention of the State Government in the last quarter are: New and Old Ede waterworks, Ilesa water supply scheme, Ile-Ife water supply scheme, Erinle, Eko Ende, Ede, Iwo and Esa-Odo dams delisting/dredging; Oke-Osun, Asejire, Ibodi and Oke-Ora mini water schemes; Iragbiji water scheme; while all the earlier mentioned dams site would be rehabilitated and expanded as well.
Mrs. Williams, a former General Manager of the Lagos State Water Corporation also disclosed that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has approved the purchase of 100 water tankers to start with for the distribution of portable water as a temporary intervention approach to allow for a gradual replacement of damaged pipes.
She stressed further that e-payment has been adopted in ensuring fraud-free collection of money for water consumed which in turn would “ensure that all our water schemes are repositioned for efficient and optimal performance.”
Williams also made it clear that the state Water Corporation is seeking the support of external funds such as JICA, European Union Islamic Banking and IDB in its quest and drive to ensure water supply to the citizenry.
Warning against illegal connection of pipes and piracy by water vendors, Mrs. Williams stated that the corporation will explore the possibility of Private Public Partnership in order to monitor and ensure sustainability of the system.
She noted that all the enabling laws to tackle illegal connection would be in place soon while mobile courts would be put in place to try defaulter of water payment.