By Henry Odeh
The Oyo state government through Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) in collaboration with Latter Day Saint Charities, a non governmental organization, has commissioned water projects for the people of Alugbo Oluwo area in Erunmu Community of Egbeda local government in Ibadan, on Saturday.
The Director General, Abuja Liason Office, Honourable Busari Olayemi while speaking on behalf of the governor, stated that the water project is clean and portable for drinking adding that it will also help community members to engage in sustainable crops and livestock farming which will in turn result in increased agricultural produce for local markets and consumption.
He lauded the gesture of the NGO for their benevolence and continued support for Oyo State and the water sector in particular.
He charged the people of the community to put the borehole to good use and cultivate a good maintenance culture in order to enable generations after them to benefit from the laudable project.
Hon Olayemi reiterated that the state government is determined to expand potable and clean water supply to more communities and homes in Ibadan and Oyo State at large.
In his remarks, the Chairman Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Engineer Najeem Omirinde who was in company of top officials of the agency, stated that the present administration is a welfarist government which has been exemplified through various ongoing and completed socio-economic projects in the state which are all aimed at improving the quality of life in the state.
He stated further that the state government policy direction on provision of clean water is geared towards ending open defecation by 2025 stressing that the present administration is committed to support Donor Agencies with similar vision.
He further enjoined the NGO to join hands with the government in extending the provision of potable water to motor-parks and markets across the state, adding that it is imperative to complement efforts of the state government in ending open defecation by 2025.
The President of the NGO, Mr Peter Olubukola Apantaku, in his brief remark charged beneficiaries of the borehole project to ensure sanity and cleanliness around the water facility so as to ensure it’s durability and prevent outbreak of diseases through the water, noting that without water there would be no life.
The Chairman of Alugbo-Oluwo community, Mr. J. O. Olaojo, in his reaction, expressed immense gratitude on behalf of the community, to Oyo state government under the leadership of governor Makinde and the NGO for putting an end to their age-long suffering for lack of potable water supply.