Potable Water: Akeredolu Seeks FG, Donors’ Support

Filed in News by on August 19, 2017

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on Friday called for the support of the Federal Government and donor agencies in providing potable water supply for the people of the state.

He described water as important to people, adding that that fact had informed his administration’s commitment to ensure adequate provision of potable water to his people.

Akeredolu, who spoke at the 24th meeting of the National Council on Water Resources in Akure, noted that the lack of access to potable water by the people in rural areas had become a source of concern to his administration.

He said, “Lack of access to potable water makes the people cry and this makes them resort to getting water from private sources, some of which are not hygienic.

“I am made to understand that the Federal Government is saddled with constructing dams and making raw materials available. This is a good policy and I want to plead that it is fully extended to Ondo State.

“At the moment, most of our major urban water supply schemes, some of which were inherited from the defunct Western Nigeria, have become old and inadequate in their capacities to meet the ever increasing population and water demand. Some of the dams have virtually collapsed while others are in a terrible state of disrepair.”

Akeredolu said Owena-Ondo Water Supply Scheme could no longer provide potable water to Akure, Ondo, Ile-Oluji and Idanre because its dam had collapsed.

He said, “Similarly, Ose Dam, which was constructed in 1961, has problems of heavy siltation and leakage and can no longer supply water to Owo and the surrounding villages.”

The governor said his administration had proposed having Awara/Oyinmo Water Supply Project at Ikare, which would supply four local government areas in Akokoland.

Akeredolu said he had also proposed having River Oluwa Water Supply Project in Okitipupa to serve Okitipupa and Odigbo local government areas of the state.

He, therefore, urged experts in the water supply industry, donor agencies, academics and investors, and others to collaborate with his administration’s efforts to improve water supply to the rural populace.

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