OSUN COMMITS N2BN ON REHABILITATION OF EDE WATERWORKS, TO SUPPLY 13 LGS – WILLIAMS

AYOBAMI AGBOOLA

 

The Government of the State of Osun,said it has spent over two billion naira on the rehabilitation of Ede Waterworks

Mrs. Tawa Williams,Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources disclosed this during the Quarterly Ministerial Press Briefing, held at the State Secretariat , Abere , Osogbo on Tuesday.

She explained that the facelift given the Water Works by the replacement of all the obsolete equipment and machines hitherto hindering the effective operation of the headworks will keep it in good working condition.

The Ede Waterworks which was operating at 17 percent capacity has now been increased to 30 percent.

Mrs Williams who attributed this achievement to God and Ogbeni Aregbesola said water will now be extended to newly developed areas that are without water before.

According to her, with this new development ,supply of water will cover 13 Local Government Areas of the State namely; Osogbo, Olorunda, Ede North, Ede South, Egbedore ,Ejigbo.

Others are; Ife East , Ife Central, Ife North, Aiyedaade , Isokan and Ife Area Office, Modakeke, Ife.

The Special Adviser stated that only two waterworks were in good condition before the inception of present administration, while additional 20 waterworks have been made functional and the total number of mini waterworks that are working presently is 22, adding that, some other water projects are ongoing.

She further explained that the full rehabilitation will entail the provision of low lift pumps and additonal 1.5 MVA generator for the low lift, including the repair of four unit clarifier   and ancillary equipment among others.

On the construction of new water schemes, Mrs. Williams reiterated the state government commitment to the construction of Ilesa and Iwo water schemes.

She said in order to achieve that goal, Osun State Water Corporation, the first time in the history of the state, has a budgetary provision of N11.5 Billion budgetary provision this year to address some of its age long problems.

According to her, Ilesa water scheme  has been abandoned for more than 16 years due to the huge amount of money that is needed to get it back on stream.

But Governor Aregbesola said something must be done on it,and that is why the corporation is seeking external funding to execute the project.

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