The Special Adviser on Water Resources and Energy, Engr. Adeniran Ibitoye has stated that in order to ensure success in water supply and distribution in the State of Osun, there is need to overcome the challenges which are already on ground through proper sensitisation.
The need for the sensitisation is essential so as to avoid bypass on the pipes by water consumers and minor damage.
Engr. Ibitoye stated that this on Wednesday 6th November, 2019 when he received in audience members of the Osun Youth Group (OYG) in his office.
He also revealed that due to the paucity of funds in the state, the Ministry was in touch with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority to intervene in order to resuscitate some water projects such as the ones located in Iragbiji, Iba and Ororuwo maintaining that it was expedient that the Federal Government come to the aid of the State Government.
He added that the ministry is working towards Public Private Partnership.
The SA expressed the determination of the state to ensuring that the water challenges faced by the people becomes a thing of the past and as such various efforts are being put in place by the ministry.
He also stated that part of the challenges is the issue of steady supply of electricity which is hampering water supply in some towns.
While noting that water, electricity and good road networks are crucial to rural development, Engr. Ibitoye revealed that the ministry would be conducting site visits fortnightly so as to monitor the progress of work done.
In addition, the he maintained that after completion of the Ilesa water supply project, water supply and distribution will go beyond Ilesa because there is a booster station under construction.
He also added that in terms of water supply and distribution, there was no need for starting new projects when the existing ones could be repaired easily.
As one of the ways to remedy the water supply problem, the Special Adviser revealed that the ministry was working towards the reintroduction of prepaid meters hence the days of random metering of water consumers was done with.
Prepaid meters according to him will go a long way in making the Osun State Water Corporation (OSWC) to boost the Internally Generated Revenue of the ministry.
As a political advocacy group, Engr. Ibitoye charged them to ensure that their activities always portrayed the state in good light and to be good ambassadors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) because the expectations of the people is very high.
While admonishing them to forward their ideas and recommendations, as he intends to operate an open door policy to all.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of the Osun Youth Group (OYG); Joel Sayo disclosed that the group was in the ministry to advocate for its intervention in the area of water supply and distribution.
The Coordinator described the ministry as one that is strategic to human nature and the development of the state.
He also used the opportunity to request the assistance of the state government in completing the Ilesa and Ede water supply projects adding that when the projects were in place, water supply should be extended to the rural communities where it is needed the most.
The group also advocated for the setting up of a monitoring system so that the ministry’s projects will be given adequate supervision and for the monitoring of pure water producers some of whom have resorted to cutting corners thereby exposing the people to the dangers of water borne diseases.
As part of their visit, OYG presented the Special Adviser with a congratulatory letter and urged him to use his office for the progress of the state.