Ekiti State Government has assured that the on-going Afao/Kajola water projects in Ikere-Ekiti would soon be completed and commissioned for the public use as the state government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources has released a sum of N36 million for the completion of the project.
The state Governor, Dr. Ayodele Fayose disclosed this at the launching of the European Union Supported Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Project III (WSSSRPIII) in Ado-Ekiti.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, stressed the commitment of his administration to reforming the water and sanitation sector, which informed the increase in the budgetary allocation to the sector.
Dr. Fayose said that his administration would complete all the outstanding and on-going water projects to alleviate the suffering of the people at the rural areas.
He said that Ekiti State, under his administration would partner with various donor agencies and financial Institutions to enable it achieve the desired goals.
The governor assured that he would ensure the smooth implementation of the water supply and sanitation sector reform III in the state and promised to adhere strictly to the memorandum of understanding signed with the Federal Government.
In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Public Utilities, Mr. Deji Adesua said that the main objective of the programme was to improve water governance and institutional capacity for increased access to safe, adequate and sustainable water, sanitation and hygienic services.
Adesua who disclosed that the programme which was approved for only three states of Adamawa, Ekiti and Plateau, was being funded by the European Union with a counterpart contribution of 30 percent from both the state, local government and the participating communities.
He said that Ekiti State has inaugurated the state Water and Sanitation Sector Reform Coordination Committee (SWSSRCC), saddled with the responsibility of coordinating the sector and ensures total compliance.
The commissioner appealed to all stakeholders in the sector to join hands with the state for improved and better coordination of service delivery to the citizens of Ekiti State.
In their goodwill messages, the governors of participatory states of Adamawa and Plateau, who were represented by their Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Water Resources, Dr. Bala Usman and Mrs. Hanatu Dantung respectively congratulated the government and people of Ekiti State for the success achieved so far in the water reform sector.
The representative of the European Union, Mr. Andy Monduka, his counterpart from Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Mr. Monday Johnson as well as representatives of Federal Ministry of Water Resources and National Planning Commission advised the state government to ensure the success of the programme.
Present at the programme are the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. (Mrs.) Dupe Alade; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Barrister Dipo Anisulowo; state Head of Service, Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka; Executive Council and House of Assembly members as well as senior government officials.