Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN has on Monday flagged off community water revolution in the state through the state’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA).
Governor Akeredolu, whose five cardinal programmes are tailored to improve the standard of living of the people, was represented at the flag off by his Special Adviser on Public Utilities, Engr. Tunji Tunji L’ght Ariyomo, FNSE who was accompanied by the General Manager of the agency, Engr. Moses Omodemi.
The flag-off commenced at the Ifelodun-Alamoye community in Akure High School area of Akure South Local Government.
Engr. Ariyomo disclosed that RUWASSA has identified over 200 sites for rural and small town borehole rehabilitation projects whilst also identifying close to 100 new borehole sites as part of efforts targeted at complete overhaul of the state’s rural water supply across the 18 local government areas in 2018.
According to him, “beyond the boreholes which will meet immediate needs of our people, Mr. Governor has also recorded appreciable progress on urban water supply and the state has commenced the procurement processes for capable consultants on the supply of water to parts of the core urban centres in the state capital as part of a major water project that’s underway”
“For the community water projects, some of the beneficiary communities include Atipere, Agbayewa, Oke-meji, Potoki on Idanre road, Ifeloju-Alamoye as well as batteries of motorised boreholes with overhead tanks to be cited in Cocoa Board area in Oda”.
Ariyomo added that “The governor is determined to improve the standard of living of the people through water, electricity and road infrastructure provision across the state.”
The adviser informed that “as we gather here today for instance, Governor Akeredolu has succeeded in getting the TCN through the assistance of the Honourable Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola to energize the entire Omotosho community in Ondo State. We expect Omotosho to go live any moment from today. This is a community that has never experienced electricity supply since the return to democracy in 1999 and even since the two national power plants were sited in that community”.
Residents of the Alawoye community were excited as they trooped out in their hundreds to express their joy over the Akeredolu borehole project.
Mrs. Bola Alo, one of the residents, explained how they have been suffering from unavailability of potable water in the community for decades.
She said their wells get dry quickly during the dry season, noting that not all the wells are good for drinking and that their worst nightmare was the distance they had to trek to fetch water.
The community leader, Owolade Lawrence, who described Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN as a God-sent leader and a listening governor, said the governor has fulfilled one of the two electioneering promises he made to the community.
“It remains Alaogo Road which is not motorable and some residents have been cut off”, Lawrence said.
They, however, declared their unflinching support for the government and called on the people of the state to support the projects of the administration for successful implementation.
Engr. Ariyomo thanked the people for their solidarity and assured them of Akeredolu’s continuous fidelity to his promises. He stated that his office is currently working with the Ministry of Education to resolve water shortage issues in the state’s special schools which include the School for the Deaf among others.
He also reiterated the commitment of the government to ensuring that communities such as Ode-Aye and Okitipupa are soon reconnected to the grid.
“I can confidently tell you that I was on the phone with the contractor handling the Omotosho to Okitipupa transmission line today and that he was full of praises to Governor Akeredolu for his strategic intervention. The Benin disco has also informed us that the December delay was occasioned by challenges it faced on contractor selection which has now been resolved”.
“The people of Ode Aye would smile very soon as work is expected to commence any moment from now” he stated.