The Ondo state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dotun Owanikin Esq. has revealed that plans are in the pipeline by the state government to revamp Owani-Idoani dam in Ose local Government to serve the people with pipe borne water.
The Commissioner stated this while monitoring the ongoing rehabilitation of moribund boreholes by Ondo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) in Ireakari axis of the local government.
The state Agency which is under the Ministry of Water Resources, Public Sanitation and Hygiene flagged off the rehabilitation of moribund boreholes in the local government at Ifon, the council headquarters about two weeks ago.
As at Friday evening, about 120 moribund boreholes had been touched and over 80 were resuscitated while the few others were irreparable due to faulty construction and lack of water.
Communities already touched included Ifon, Okeluse, Ikaaro, Imoru, Ijagba and Ute in the central and southern parts of the local government while works continued in Ireakari axis of Afo, Imeri, Idoani and Idogun.
After the rehabilitation and in line with the tradition of the Agency, the team set up a 7-man Water Sanitation and Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM) at each community, to see to the maintenance of the rehabilitated boreholes and siting of new ones in their communities.
The committee members who were given useful information on basic maintenance of the boreholes would be the intermediary contacts between government and their communities on water, public sanitation and similar projects.
The Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dotun Owanikin Esq. who was on ground althrough to monitor the work, also stood in for his counterpart at the Ministry of Water Resources, Public Sanitation and Hygiene, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju to inaugurate the committees at some communities.
The Youth and Sports Commissioner who could not hide his joy appreciated Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) for the project, describing it as revolutionary.
“We all know that most diseases in our communities and everywhere are water borne and if the problem of water could be solved to a very large extent, it will make the people of the state to be healthier.
“So, we cannot thank this government enough for this revolutionary step to make most of the moribund boreholes for over ten years come alive. This is an indication of a serious government that has the people at heart.
“When the water dam at Owani-Idoani is worked upon, the water should be able to serve all the communities beyond Idoani to Afo, Imeri, Idogun and when that is done the problem of water in this axis could have been solved permanently.
“I can assure you that with the level the government had gone on this water dam in Idoani, very soon, work would start and this will further demonstrate to the people the much love the government has for them as other developmental and infrastructural projects will not stop.” He said.
The General Manager of RUWASSA, Engr Oluwarotimi Oladimeji applauded the people of the area for their hospitality and cooperation that led to a hitch free exercise.
He applauded the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dotun Owanikin Esq. who had been on ground to monitor the works, describing his support as unprecedented. He reiterated that KAMOMI AKETI project is the initiative of Governor Akeredolu-led government to provide safe water for people of the state.
He said the scheme works according to a scheduled roster and does not require the influence of an individual or group before visiting a local government.
He revealed that the Agency will begin work in the next local government on the roster having completed work in Ose.
Residents of the area at different interviews expressed their joy over the development and prayed for Governor Akeredolu government, assuring the Governor of their support when needed.
The people also used the opportunity to ask for more projects especially on road rehabilitation and construction, for easy movement of people and goods.
Min. of Youth & Sports Dev.
20th June, 2020.