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 Stakeholders in the South West geo political zone of Nigeria have called on the three tiers of government to resuscitate all the moribund Waterworks to ensure uninterrupted water supply to the people They made the calls on Wednesday in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Osogbo Ibadan Ado Ekiti Akure Ilorin and Abeokuta However the state governors in the zone have expressed their readiness and commitment to provide potable water to better the lots of citizens in the region Commenting a former Minister of Water Resources Mr Bashir Awotorebo said that the only solution to revive the public water supply was for the Federal Government to construct reservoirs and dams across the country Awotorebo who described water as life and an essential commodity for living said to ensure that every citizen live a healthy life it is compulsory for them to get potable water supply The former minister said though it was not the sole responsibility of the Federal Government to provide adequate water for the masses it is also the responsibility of the state governments to make potable water available According to him the funds provided by both the State and Federal Governments was not always enough to provide adequate water supply for the masses There are large dams in the Northern and Southern parts of the country respectively but distribution of the water to the public is the responsibility of state and not the Federal Government The Federal Government can only provide the source of water it is the responsibility of the state government to see to its distribution Awotorebo said that with the completion of Ilesa Dam potable water would be made available to the people in Osun The former minister however said the construction of Ile Ife Dam started since 2006 has yet to be completed adding that it was responsible for lack of potable water to the people of the area He said with the availability of funds and adequate planning potable water could be made available to the people Also Mr Tadese Raheem the immediate past Commissioner for Water Resources in Osun said there was urgent need to channel more funds to revive public water supply system in the country Raheem however said that the state government spends N500 million on monthly basis to ensure that potable water gets to every household He said that putting more funds to revive public water supply system would go along way in addressing the acute water supply in the country States and local governments cannot fund water projects alone there is need for the Federal Government and international supports Also looking at the Ilesa Water project you will agree with me that Osun cannot do it alone There is need for international collaboration the former Commissioner said According to him the Ministry of Water Resources has been given mandate to ensure that Osun people were provided with clean drinking water which remains one of the core mandates of the current administration He called for more investment modern infrastructure equipment and polices aimed at fast tracking the development of water resources across the states and the country at large Contributing an official of the Oyo State Water Corporation Mr Tolu Oluwasanu said that the state government was revisiting the moribund Waterworks located across the zones in the state Oluwasanu the corporation Maintenance Operational Officer told NAN that the state government had also made prompt payment of over N800 million counterpart funding as contribution to the State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency According to Oluwasanu this can testify that government is committed toward reviving the water supply system He said that the counterpart funding was also meant to attract over N2 9 billion from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources Oluwasanu said the fund was required to provide for implementation of the partnership for expanded water supply sanitation and hygiene particularly in the less city small towns and rural areas in the state He added that replacement of the damage water pipes from Asejire Waterworks commenced immediately the current administration came into office The maintenance operational officer said that the state government recently procured 1 194 metric tonnes of aluminum sulphate to boost production of potable water in the state Oluwasanu said that welfare of staff of the water corporation was also paramount to the state government just as other state workers He said This is to motivate the workers and enhance their performance toward the provision of potable water to residents of the state Oluwasanu said the state government would continue to formulate and implement relevant policies that would enhance functional water system in the state Also Prof Moshood Mustapha Department of Zoology University of Ilorin advised the Federal and State Governments to utilise the abundant Lakes to solve the challenges of water supply Mustapha drew the attention of relevant stakeholders to the possibility of exploration of dams otherwise called man made Lakes in the country He said Dams are sources of dependable water and can be effectively used to curb the spread of more pernicious poverty if they are properly managed Mustapha said that available facts and figures had shown that the availability proximity quantity and quality of water were closely associated with the incidence of poverty According to him water is no doubt a very important requirement for the survival of man as it constitutes more than 60 per cent of human body it also covers more than 70 per cent of the earth s surface He said In spite of huge availability of water only one per cent of it is freshwater which is usually impounded by man in Lakes reservoirs ponds and other impoundments for his benefit Mustapha said that the diverse use and increasing demands for freshwater and its resources as a result of expanding population have put enormous pressure on its supply quality and quantity According to him this in turn is making it to become the world s most precious resource He said water remains the most mistreated and ignored natural resource advising that if care was not taken water may by next century becomes much more scarce in Nigeria Mustapha therefore suggested that effective measures should be put in place to ensure that certain percentages were allocated for use of the Lakes He suggested that water for drinking and industrial supplies could be allocated 50 and 20 per cent respectively Irrigation fishing recreation and other uses could be allotted the remaining percentage of the daily water budget and Lake usage for peace and tranquility to prevail Mustapha said However some residents in Ilorin said that provision of water should be considered as a basic social amenity A resident of Pipeline Road Mrs Farida Ademola said that there was need for the government to repair the rusty and damaged water pipes Government needs to repair our water pipes some of them have bursted and water is being wasted in the process We usually have water flow once in a while but it does not get to our houses It is either we are not connected or the pipes have bursted and you see water wasting especially along the pipeline road closed to the bridge Then they should make water available regularly we are tired of fetching water from street to street she said Another resident of Agbabiaka who simply identified himself as Mr Taiwo said there was need for the state government to revive water supply across the country Taiwo decried non availability of water supply in his community saying that almost every household was dependent on wells or rain water especially during the rainy season We are all dependent on well water which dries up during the dry season except for those who have boreholes in their compounds Even with this there is no regular electricity to pump water which makes it scarce I do not think that the water provided by the state government runs through our community which I think is not good at all These are some of the amenities we should enjoy as citizens under a democratic government Our rights are important he said In his remarks Mr Fatai Olotu the Ondo State Commissioner for Water Resources and Sanitation told NAN that the state government has put in place measures to boost water supply in the state Olotu said that a new water scheme in Ayede Ogbese Akure North Local Government area of the state was part of the state government s efforts aimed at meeting the Sustainable Development Goal SDG by 2030 He said that Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu led administration embarked on the project following a devastating revelation that the percentage of public water supply in the state was less than four per cent The commissioner added that 200 water fetching points were already being constructed across the state as part of the first phase of the scheme He said the state government would stop at nothing to ensure that lives of the people improve Olotu said that the water scheme being executed by the Ondo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation RUWASSA would provide potable water for the people of Ayede Ogbese and its environs He explained that Ayede Ogbese Water Scheme was designed to have five kilometres reticulation and distribution network with a storage tank of 50 million capacity that would discharge at full capacity twice a day with 100 public standpipes 200 fetching points while one fetching point would serve 50 people The commissioner said that RUWASSA had been empowered to partner with corporate organisations to further increase water supply in the state While saying that the new scheme would help the state t The commissioner explained that the scheme would improve sustain and expand safe water supply to over 3 000 communities and also sustain the plan for Water Sanitation and Hygiene In Ekiti stakeholders urged the governments to use decentralised system of water supply to achieve optimal success for the residents They said that the system currently being used by the governments to supply water was centralised instead of decentralised system because Nigeria has urban and rural areas A development expert in water resources management Mr Micheal Ale attributed the non effectiveness of public water system supply for over 20 years to a number of factors which government had ignored and now causing setback for water corporations in the country Ale explained that the centralised system could not work especially in urban areas where people built indiscriminately on waterways without the government s approval The expert urged government to be strict and remove houses or buildings on the waterways to allow free follow of underground water He noted that some houses built on the waterways have been destroying the water industrial pipes constructed underneath the ground thereby denying many Nigerians effective water supply to their various houses Ale advised the government to invest in solar powered energy as a mean of supplying water instead of relying on electricity and generators He said that the cost of solar system was quite cheap and affordable than maintaining and fueling generators The expert urged government to have implementable water policy plan that would make provision for certain water infrastructure Ale advised the state government to upgrade water supply facilities with new ones and purchase a more sustainable water infrastructure He urged government to improve the salary of staff of water corporations in Nigeria because human capital in water sector was currently dying as a result of poor salary Ale noted that poor salary structure being paid to the workers caused poor maintenance of water infrastructure across the country as nobody was ready to be committed to the development of the water corporations Mr Stephen Adewumi the Ekiti Programme Coordinator for Sustainable Urban Rural Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene SURWASH said the state was parts of SURWASH to ensure availability of potable and hygienic water for the people Adewumi explained that the programme which kicked off in January in partnership with the World Bank was designed to strengthen relevant institutions sectors and policies in order to increase access to water supply sanitation and hygiene in the state He said that SURWASH programme in Ekiti under the supervision of the State Commissioner for Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities Prof Bolaji Aluko few months ago had stakeholders meeting with the Federal Programme Implementing Unit FPIU team to channel the course for successful implementation of the programme Adewumi assured the people of government commitments at ensuring that the welfare of the people was prioritised with proper coordination of the programme toward achieving the desires results of SURWASH in the state He highlighted some of the project sites to include the office of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation at Ikere Ekiti Awo Ekiti and Araromi Obo Ekiti in Local Government area of the state Also Mr Temitope Agboola the Corporate Communication and Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti State Water Corporation said that Nigeria lacked a sustainable measures to eliminate the gap in water supply to the people Agboola said that the alarming state of safe water deprivation among residents in the rural communities was well recognised He noted that rural water interventions suffers from high rate of failure due largely to weak institutional framework in the water supply sector For water supply sustainability to be revived in Nigeria all the stakeholders must work together to prioritise and address the policy gaps constraining the service delivery simultaneously in the religion because working on one factor alone may not result in sustainable services Many rural water supply projects in Nigeria are characterised by poor performance For instance the Rural Water Supply Schemes RWSS have collapsed and that except for a few areas most rural dwellers are facing serious and persistent challenges in meeting their water needs he said The corporate communication and public relations officer said there were lots of ongoing projects in the state that would soon make water available to the people He however declined to speak on the plans of the state to revive water system in the state saying that he was not in the best position A civil servant Mr Taiwo Ige frowned at the way government neglected provisions of potable water and called on the government to make provisions for potable water in the state a priority Ige said that lack of pipe borne water had increased the rate of water borne diseases among children and adults However a Medical Practitioner Dr Fatai Lawal affirmed that 88 per cent of water borne diseases like diarrhoea were due to lack of access to potable water According to Lawal this has led to increase in the rate of diarrhoea in children thereby accounting for second leading causes of under five mortality Also a lecturer at the Ekiti State University Dr Yinka Adeugba suggested the use of Chlorine tablet as a cost effective way of water purification In his remarks a Water Resources expert Mr Isaac Okafor stressed the importance of access to clean waters in enhancing environmental sustainability and economic growth Okafor said that across the country access to clean water had remained a luxury with Nigerians often jostled for water from the public taps He said many Nigerians had continued to rely on wells boreholes rivers and rainwater adding many of these water sources are contaminated The water expert observed that the pathetic water situation in the country had continued to result in the prevalence of water borne diseases particularly in rural areas In his contributions Mr Ademola Sanni an Hydrologist expressed concern at the continued deprivation of Nigerian citizens of portable water Sanni blamed the situation on policy gaps and faulty institutional frameworks in the water supply sector According to him the responsibility of water supply in Nigeria is shared among the three levels of government namely the Federal State and Local Governments The Federal Government is in charge of water resources management while the state governments have the primary responsibility for urban water supply and local governments together with the communities are responsible for rural water supply Responsibility for sanitation is not clearly defined The community based service providers are constrained by several policy gaps that negatively impact on the quality and sustainability of rural water supply in the country he said Mrs Funmilayo Dada who lives at Ita Eko area of Abeokuta said life can be miserable during the dry season in the metropolis Dada said residents only enjoyed water during the rainy season adding that most of the wells within the surroundings would have been filled to the brim Another resident Mr Akinjobi Taiwo who lives around Oju Ore area in Sango said residents had resorted to using their cars to get waters with kegs from the few public institutions in the area Reacting Mr Kunle Otun the Special Adviser to Gov Dapo Abiodun on Water Resources said Dapo Abiodun led administration met an extremely precarious situation of water supply when it came to power Otun said that the state government had put effective measures in place to revive public water system The special adviser said that the state government had recorded appreciable impacts in major towns and cities in the state in the area of adequate water supply The governor s aide pointed out that many activities were ongoing by the state Water Corporation on reticulation and laying of pipes He added that approval for the expansion and upgrade of water facilities was also recently given by the governor to cater for expanded communities while anticipating and providing for those that would spring up in the nearest future Otun explained that the first thing the state government did was the construction of new dam kits which was inaugurated in 2022 to hold enough volume of water for system purpose The governor s aide said that the state government was rehabilitating a treatment plant and upgrading the capacity from the provision of 82 million litres of water per day to 162 million litres per day The current administration has also sited a 14 500 cubic meter reservoir which is being constructed at Oke Temidire area in Abeokuta South Local Government Area for a massive distribution of potable water supply to various communities By December this year the plant will be due for commissioning We are laying a 6 5 kilometres of 900mm pipe from Temidire area to the distribution plant This is to ensure that the treated water will move from the distribution plant to the reservoir and this reservoir is at an altitude of 116 above sea level So by the time we push the water there it will be drawn by gravity to homes within Abeokuta These are part of the efforts that we are putting in place to make sure that we address the water challenge in Abeokuta and its environs Before the end of December we should have enough water that will go round Abeokuta and its environs he said The special adviser said that the state government was planning to rehabilitate the dam in Ota in conjunction with the Federal Government We have an MoU signed between Ogun Government and the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and rehabilitation commenced about six months ago and is still ongoing he said According to him there is no serious problem of water production in Ijebu Ode saying we only have problems of distributing water around the town The problem arouse when the state government began the construction of Ijebu Ode Epe Road The road was expanded and it affected the distribution pipes and so we need to relocate the pipes We are working round the clock to ensure distribution of water in Ijebu Ode In another one month we should have water in Ijebu Ode because from Yemoji Plant in outskirt of Ijebu Ode we will pump water to the town Otun said He assured the people that the state government would not relent until every nook and cranny of the state has access to public water system NewsSourceCredit NAN
Stakeholders urge Govts to resuscitate moribund Waterworks for effective water supply

Stakeholders in the South-West geo-political zone of Nigeria have called on the three tiers of government to resuscitate all the moribund Waterworks to ensure uninterrupted water supply to the people.

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They made the calls on Wednesday in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Osogbo, Ibadan, Ado-Ekiti Akure, Ilorin and Abeokuta.

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However, the state governors in the zone have expressed their readiness and commitment to provide potable water to better the lots of citizens in the region.

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Minister of Water Resources

Commenting, a former Minister of Water Resources, Mr Bashir Awotorebo, said that the only solution to revive the public water supply was for the Federal Government to construct reservoirs and dams across the country.

Awotorebo, who described water as life and an essential commodity for living, said to ensure that every citizen live a healthy life, “it is compulsory for them to get potable water supply”.

Federal Government

The former minister said though, it was not the sole responsibility of the Federal Government to provide adequate water for the masses, it is also the responsibility of the state governments to make potable water available.

State and Federal Governments

According to him, the funds provided by both the State and Federal Governments was not always enough to provide adequate water supply for the masses.

Northern and Southern

“There are large dams in the Northern and Southern parts of the country respectively, but distribution of the water to the public is the responsibility of state and not the Federal Government.

Federal Government

“The Federal Government can only provide the source of water; it is the responsibility of the state government to see to its distribution.

Ilesa Dam

Awotorebo said that with the completion of Ilesa Dam, potable water would be made available to the people in Osun.

Ile-Ife Dam

The former minister, however, said the construction of Ile-Ife Dam, started since 2006 has yet to be completed, adding that it was responsible for lack of potable water to the people of the area.

He said with the availability of funds and adequate planning, potable water could be made available to the people.

Tadese Raheem

Also, Mr Tadese Raheem, the immediate past Commissioner for Water Resources in Osun, said there was urgent need to channel more funds to revive public water supply system in the country.

Raheem, however, said that the state government spends N500 million on monthly basis to ensure that potable water gets to every household.

He said that putting more funds to revive public water supply system would go along way in addressing the acute water supply in the country.

Federal Government

“States and local governments cannot fund water projects alone, there is need for the Federal Government and international supports.

Ilesa Water

“Also, looking at the Ilesa Water project, you will agree with me that Osun cannot do it alone.

There is need for international collaboration,” the former Commissioner said.

Ministry of Water Resources

According to him, the Ministry of Water Resources has been given mandate to ensure that Osun people were provided with clean drinking water, which remains one of the core mandates of the current administration.

He called for more investment, modern infrastructure equipment and polices aimed at fast-tracking the development of water resources across the states and the country at large.

State Water Corporation

Contributing, an official of the Oyo State Water Corporation, Mr Tolu Oluwasanu, said that the state government was revisiting the moribund Waterworks located across the zones in the state.

Maintenance Operational Officer

Oluwasanu, the corporation Maintenance Operational Officer, told NAN that the state government had also made prompt payment of over N800 million counterpart funding as contribution to the State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency.

According to Oluwasanu, this can testify that government is committed toward reviving the water supply system.

Federal Ministry of Water Resources

He said that the counterpart funding was also meant to attract over N2.9 billion from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.

Oluwasanu said the fund was required to provide for implementation of the partnership for expanded water supply, sanitation and hygiene, particularly in the less city, small towns and rural areas in the state.

Asejire Waterworks

He added that replacement of the damage water pipes from Asejire Waterworks commenced immediately the current administration came into office.

The maintenance operational officer said that the state government recently procured 1,194 metric tonnes of aluminum sulphate to boost production of potable water in the state.

Oluwasanu said that welfare of staff of the water corporation was also paramount to the state government “just as other state workers”.

He said, “This is to motivate the workers and enhance their performance toward the provision of potable water to residents of the state.


Oluwasanu said the state government would continue to formulate and implement relevant policies that would enhance functional water system in the state.

Moshood Mustapha

Also, Prof. Moshood Mustapha, Department of Zoology, University of Ilorin, advised the Federal and State Governments to utilise the abundant Lakes to solve the challenges of water supply.

Mustapha drew the attention of relevant stakeholders to the possibility of exploration of dams, otherwise called man-made Lakes in the country.

He said, “Dams are sources of dependable water and can be effectively used to curb the spread of more pernicious poverty, if they are properly managed.


Mustapha said that available facts and figures had shown that the availability, proximity, quantity, and quality of water were closely associated with the incidence of poverty.

According to him, water is no doubt, a very important requirement for the survival of man as it constitutes more than 60 per cent of human body; it also covers more than 70 per cent of the earth’s surface.

He said, “In spite of huge availability of water, only one per cent of it is freshwater, which is usually impounded by man in Lakes, reservoirs, ponds and other impoundments for his benefit.


Mustapha said that the diverse use and increasing demands for freshwater and its resources, as a result of expanding population, have put enormous pressure on its supply, quality and quantity.

According to him, this in turn is making it to become the world’s most precious resource.

He said water remains the most mistreated and ignored natural resource, advising that if care was not taken, water may, by next century, becomes much more scarce in Nigeria.

Mustapha, therefore, suggested that effective measures should be put in place to ensure that certain percentages were allocated for use of the Lakes.

He suggested that water for drinking and industrial supplies could be allocated 50 and 20 per cent respectively.

“Irrigation, fishing, recreation and other uses could be allotted the remaining percentage of the daily water budget and Lake usage for peace and tranquility to prevail,” Mustapha said.

However, some residents in Ilorin said that provision of water should be considered as a basic social amenity.

Pipeline Road

A resident of Pipeline Road, Mrs Farida Ademola, said that there was need for the government to repair the rusty and damaged water pipes.

“Government needs to repair our water pipes, some of them have bursted and water is being wasted in the process.

“We usually have water flow once in a while, but it does not get to our houses.

“It is either we are not connected or the pipes have bursted and you see water wasting, especially along the pipeline road, closed to the bridge.

“Then, they should make water available regularly; we are tired of fetching water from street to street,” she said.

Another resident of Agbabiaka, who simply identified himself as Mr Taiwo, said there was need for the state government to revive water supply across the country.

Taiwo decried non availability of water supply in his community, saying that almost every household was dependent on wells or rain water, especially during the rainy season.

“We are all dependent on well water, which dries up during the dry season, except for those who have boreholes in their compounds.

“Even, with this, there is no regular electricity to pump water, which makes it scarce.

“I do not think that the water provided by the state government runs through our community, which I think is not good at all.

“These are some of the amenities we should enjoy as citizens under a democratic government.

Our rights are important,” he said.

Fatai Olotu

In his remarks, Mr Fatai Olotu, the Ondo State Commissioner for Water Resources and Sanitation, told NAN that the state government has put in place measures to boost water supply in the state.

Ayede Ogbese

Olotu said that a new water scheme in Ayede Ogbese, Akure North Local Government area of the state, was part of the state government’s efforts aimed at meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by 2030.

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led

He said that Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration embarked on the project following “a devastating revelation that the percentage of public water supply in the state was less than four per cent”.

The commissioner added that 200 water fetching points were already being constructed across the state as part of the first phase of the scheme.

He said the state government would stop at nothing to ensure that lives of the people improve.

Ondo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation

Olotu said that the water scheme, being executed by the Ondo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RUWASSA), would provide potable water for the people of Ayede Ogbese and its environs.

Ayede Ogbese Water Scheme

He explained that Ayede Ogbese Water Scheme was designed to have five kilometres reticulation and distribution network with a storage tank of 50 million capacity that would discharge at full capacity twice a day with 100 public standpipes, 200 fetching points, while one fetching point would serve 50 people.

The commissioner said that RUWASSA had been empowered to partner with corporate organisations to further increase water supply in the state.

While saying that the new scheme would help the state, t

Water Sanitation and Hygiene

The commissioner explained that the scheme would improve, sustain and expand safe water supply to over 3,000 communities and also sustain the plan for Water Sanitation and Hygiene.

In Ekiti, stakeholders urged the governments to use decentralised system of water supply to achieve optimal success for the residents.

They said that the system currently being used by the governments to supply water was centralised instead of decentralised system, because Nigeria has urban and rural areas.

Micheal Ale

A development expert in water resources management, Mr Micheal Ale, attributed the non-effectiveness of public water system supply for over 20 years to a number of factors which government had ignored and now causing setback for water corporations in the country.

Ale explained that the centralised system could not work, especially in urban areas where people built indiscriminately on waterways without the government’s approval.

The expert urged government to be strict and remove houses or buildings on the waterways to allow free follow of underground water.

He noted that some houses built on the waterways have been destroying the water industrial pipes constructed underneath the ground, thereby denying many Nigerians effective water supply to their various houses.

Ale advised the government to invest in solar-powered energy as a mean of supplying water, instead of relying on electricity and generators.

He said that the cost of solar system was quite cheap and affordable than maintaining and fueling generators.

The expert urged government to have implementable water policy plan that would make provision for certain water infrastructure.

Ale advised the state government to upgrade water supply facilities with new ones and purchase a more sustainable water infrastructure.

He urged government to improve the salary of staff of water corporations in Nigeria, because human capital in water sector was currently dying as a result of poor salary.

Ale noted that poor salary structure being paid to the workers caused poor maintenance of water infrastructure across the country, as nobody was ready to be committed to the development of the water corporations.

Stephen Adewumi

Mr Stephen Adewumi, the Ekiti Programme Coordinator for Sustainable Urban, Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene,(SURWASH), said the state was parts of SURWASH to ensure availability of potable and hygienic water for the people.

World Bank

Adewumi explained that the programme, which kicked off in January, in partnership with the World Bank, was designed to strengthen relevant institutions, sectors and policies in order to increase access to water supply, sanitation and hygiene in the state.

State Commissioner for Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities

He said that SURWASH programme in Ekiti, under the supervision of the State Commissioner for Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, few months ago, had stakeholders’ meeting with the Federal Programme Implementing Unit (FPIU) team to channel the course for successful implementation of the programme.

Adewumi assured the people of government commitments at ensuring that the welfare of the people was prioritised, with proper coordination of the programme toward achieving the desires results of SURWASH in the state.

Rural Water Supply and Sanitation

He highlighted some of the project sites to include: the office of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation at Ikere-Ekiti; Awo-Ekiti and Araromi-Obo-Ekiti, in Local Government area of the state.

Temitope Agboola

Also, Mr Temitope Agboola, the Corporate Communication and Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti State Water Corporation, said that Nigeria lacked a sustainable measures to eliminate the gap in water supply to the people.

Agboola said that the alarming state of safe water deprivation among residents in the rural communities was well recognised.

He noted that rural water interventions suffers from high rate of failure due largely to weak institutional framework in the water supply sector.

“For water supply sustainability to be revived in Nigeria, all the stakeholders must work together to prioritise and address the policy gaps constraining the service delivery simultaneously in the religion because working on one factor alone may not result in sustainable services.

“Many rural water supply projects in Nigeria are characterised by poor performance.

Rural Water Supply Schemes

“For instance, the Rural Water Supply Schemes (RWSS) have collapsed and that except for a few areas, most rural dwellers are facing serious and persistent challenges in meeting their water needs,” he said.

The corporate communication and public relations officer, said there were lots of ongoing projects in the state that would soon make water available to the people.

He, however, declined to speak on the plans of the state to revive water system in the state, saying that he was not in the best position.

Taiwo Ige

A civil servant, Mr Taiwo Ige, frowned at the way government neglected provisions of potable water and called on the government to make provisions for potable water in the state a priority.

Ige said that lack of pipe borne water had increased the rate of water borne diseases among children and adults.

Medical Practitioner

However, a Medical Practitioner, Dr Fatai Lawal, affirmed that 88 per cent of water borne diseases like diarrhoea were due to lack of access to potable water.

According to Lawal, this has led to increase in the rate of diarrhoea in children, thereby accounting for second leading causes of under-five mortality.

Ekiti State University

Also, a lecturer at the Ekiti State University, Dr Yinka Adeugba, suggested the use of Chlorine tablet as a cost effective way of water purification.

Water Resources

In his remarks, a Water Resources expert, Mr Isaac Okafor, stressed the importance of access to clean waters in enhancing environmental sustainability and economic growth.

Okafor said that across the country, access to clean water had remained a luxury with Nigerians often jostled for water from the public taps.

He said many Nigerians had continued to rely on wells, boreholes, rivers and rainwater, adding, “many of these water sources are contaminated”.

The water expert observed that the pathetic water situation in the country had continued to result in the prevalence of water borne diseases, particularly, in rural areas.

In his contributions,

Ademola Sanni

Mr Ademola Sanni, an Hydrologist, expressed concern at the continued deprivation of Nigerian citizens of portable water.

Sanni blamed the situation on “policy gaps and faulty institutional frameworks” in the water supply sector.

State and Local Governments

According to him, the responsibility of water supply in Nigeria is shared among the three levels of government, namely, the Federal, State and Local Governments.

Federal Government

“The Federal Government is in charge of water resources management, while the state governments have the primary responsibility for urban water supply and local governments together with the communities are responsible for rural water supply.

“Responsibility for sanitation is not clearly defined.

The community-based service providers are constrained by several policy gaps that negatively impact on the quality and sustainability of rural water supply in the country,” he said

Funmilayo Dada

Mrs Funmilayo Dada, who lives at Ita-Eko area of Abeokuta, said, “life can be miserable” during the dry season in the metropolis.

Dada said residents only enjoyed water during the rainy season, adding that most of the wells within the surroundings would have been filled to the brim.

Akinjobi Taiwo

Another resident, Mr Akinjobi Taiwo, who lives around Oju-Ore area in Sango, said residents had resorted to using their cars to get waters with kegs from the few public institutions in the area.

Kunle Otun

Reacting, Mr Kunle Otun, the Special Adviser to Gov. Dapo Abiodun on Water Resources, said, “Dapo Abiodun-led administration met an extremely precarious situation of water supply when it came to power.


Otun said that the state government had put effective measures in place to revive public water system.

The special adviser said that the state government had recorded appreciable impacts in major towns and cities in the state in the area of adequate water supply.

Water Corporation

The governor’s aide pointed out that many activities were ongoing by the state Water Corporation on reticulation and laying of pipes.

He added that approval for the expansion and upgrade of water facilities was also recently given by the governor to cater for expanded communities, while anticipating and providing for those that would spring up in the nearest future.

Otun explained that the first thing the state government did was the construction of new dam kits, which was inaugurated in 2022 to hold enough volume of water for system purpose.

The governor’s aide said that the state government was rehabilitating a treatment plant and upgrading the capacity from the provision of 82 million litres of water per day to 162 million litres per day.

Abeokuta South-Local Government Area

“The current administration has also sited a 14,500 cubic meter reservoir, which is being constructed at Oke-Temidire area in Abeokuta South-Local Government Area for a massive distribution of potable water supply to various communities.

“By December this year, the plant will be due for commissioning.

We are laying a 6.5 kilometres of 900mm pipe from Temidire area to the distribution plant.

“This is to ensure that the treated water will move from the distribution plant to the reservoir and this reservoir is at an altitude of 116 above sea level.

“So, by the time we push the water there, it will be drawn by gravity to homes within Abeokuta.

“These are part of the efforts that we are putting in place to make sure that we address the water challenge in Abeokuta and its environs.

“Before the end of December, we should have enough water that will go round Abeokuta and its environs,” he said.

Federal Government

The special adviser said that the state government was planning to rehabilitate the dam in Ota, in conjunction with the Federal Government.

Federal Government

“We have an MoU signed between Ogun Government and the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and rehabilitation commenced about six months ago and is still ongoing,” he said.

According to him, there is no serious problem of water production in Ijebu-Ode, saying, “we only have problems of distributing water around the town.

Ijebu-Ode-Epe Road

“The problem arouse when the state government began the construction of Ijebu-Ode-Epe Road.
“The road was expanded and it affected the distribution pipes and so we need to relocate the pipes.

“We are working round the clock to ensure distribution of water in Ijebu-Ode.

Yemoji Plant

“In another one month, we should have water in Ijebu-Ode, because from Yemoji Plant in outskirt of Ijebu-Ode, we will pump water to the town,” Otun said.

He assured the people that the state government would not relent until every nook and cranny of the state has access to public water system.

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