The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun says his administration is poised to restore water supply to about 7,000 homes in the next few days.
The Governor who made this known while on an assessment tour of the Ogun State Water Project in Arakanga, Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the State, noted the move as part of the efforts of his administration to ensure that water supply to Abeokuta, the state capital and its environs is drastically improved upon.
He added that the supply when restored to 7,000 homes, will translate to much more than that in terms of people, assuring that as soon as the transformer of the state Water Corporation is restored, an additional 15,000 homes will have water supply restored to their various homes in the next few days.
Governor Abiodun disclosed that the state government has contacted the Ogun Osun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA) to release some water to the Corporation, saying that he has also called on the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company to restore power supply to the Corporation.
He said “I have immediately intervened with the Ogun Osun River Basin Development Authority to release some water to the Corporation because during periods like these, water level is so low and they need the intervention of the Authority. They have nicely obliged us, and they’ve started pumping water since yesterday.
“They’ve also had problem with their power supply. I have also intervened and called on the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company to restore power supply to the Corporation. Their transformers are also not working. I have also intervened and called on the company that repairs the transformers to try and ensure that the Corporation gets at least one transformer back, probably in the next few days”.
Abiodun said his administration will be taking a closer look at the operations of the Water Corporation in the state, adding that the state government will now be more deliberate and also pay attention to the supply of water which to him was a basic social service.
He decried the state of non-visible investments at the Corporation in the last 15 years, noting that his administration will look at the entire scheme and engage necessary consultants on the way forward.
The General Manager, Ogun State Water Corporation, Engr. Oluseye Maku, in his response appreciated the Governor for taking his time to check the facility to see first hand its needs, saying that the intervention of the State Governor will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people.
The Governor also visited the Abeokuta Old Water Scheme located at Iberekodo.