By Kayode Fasua
Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has said that regular and improved water supply would be restored to Abeokuta and its environs, as soon as the ongoing rehabilitation work on a dam at Arakanga waterworks is completed in June.
Abeokuta, the state capital’s residents have been battling scarcity of water for several months, a scenario that grew worse in the receding dry season.
Abiodun, who just signed the payment of salary arrears for the State Water Corporation staff, at the weekend, expressed concerns over non-availability of uninterrupted pipe-borne water in the state capital.
He disclosed that he had directed the management of Ogun State Water Corporation to come up with other water production and distribution infrastructure for government’s financial intervention.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting on improved water supply and sector reform, held in Abeokuta, the governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olatokunbo Talabi, identified lack of maintenance of water production and distribution infrastructure, as critical challenge across the state.
The governor also tasked management of the OGSWC to come up with immediate, medium and long-term solutions with costs and timeframe within the next one week, with a view to addressing the problem.
He noted that the stakeholders’ meeting was also to identify issues surrounding water supply challenges in other parts of the state such as Sagamu, Ijebu Ode, Ilaro, Ota and Ijebu-Igbo, and urgently find solution to them
While expressing his displeasure at the State Water Corporation’s high monthly overhead cost, which according to him, “does not reflect with its revenue generation”, Abiodun charged the Corporation’s management to redouble its efforts by ensuring that water is restored to all parts of the state without any delay.
The meeting was also attended by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Shuaib Salisu, Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner of Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, Special Adviser, Water Resources and Board Chairman, Ogun State Water Corporation and the General Manager of the Corporation.
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