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Oyo Govt. Inaugurates Borehole Projects for Ire-Akari Estate Residents

Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, RUWASSA, has commissioned new borehole projects for the residents in Ire-Akari Estate, Asolo Area in Ona-Ara Local Government and Irepodun, Maku community in Akinyele Local Government of Oyo State.

The electric-powered borehole projects were constructed and donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Ibadan, in collaboration with Oyo State Government and are estimated to provide up to 10,000 liters of clean potable water per day

Commissioning the projects, Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Yemi Aderibigbe stated that the water projects were one of the means by which the present administration intends to make life easier for the people of Oyo State.

While appreciating the Latter-Day Saint Charities for her benevolence and support to Oyo State, Mr Aderigbigbe urged the communities to put the boreholes to effective use by imbibing high maintenance culture and nurture the projects with sense of ownership and responsibility.

He reiterated that water and sanitation are not only important but are in correspondence with Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goal 2030. 

In a remarks, the Chairman Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Engineer Najeem Omirinde stated that the State government’s policy was geared towards ending open defecation by 2025, saying that Governor Seyi Makinde was keenly interested in providing portable water to every community in Oyo State.

While addressing the gathering, the State President of the Latter-Day Saints Charities, President Peter Olubukola Apantaku, said the aim of the body was to assist Governor Makinde’s Government to alleviate poor water conditions in the State and fulfill the people’s needs in that regard.

He further gave the assurance, that the NGO would cater for the maintenance of the facility for the next six months, adding that the borehole was financed by LDS charities with the use of world class, quality equipment.

In their responses, the people of Ire-Akari community led by Alhaji Isiaka Adeyemi Olosupa and Irepodun/Maku communities with excitement expressed profound appreciation to Oyo State government, LDS Charities and Oyo RUWASSA for putting an end to their long time suffering for water in their communities.

Iyabo Adebisi

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