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World Bank, Ekiti, Spent billions of naira on Clean Water Supply

Ekiti State Government has spent ten billion nairas to ensure potable water supply across the towns and villages in the state.

Out of the figure, the Ekiti government contributed one billion naira counterpart funds, while the World Bank donated fifty million dollars.

While analyzing the Project, Governor Kayode Fayemi said that over two hundred and fifty kilometers of water distribution pipeline extension constructed to ensure free flow of potable water in Olorunda, Ikigbisin, Olorunsogo, Surulere, Housing Estate, Okeila, Adebayo, and other streets of Ado Ekiti, while two thousand reservoirs also constructed to boost the availability of water in the state capital.

He said that government would soon address factors responsible for the inability of free flow of water in some parts of the state, saying that the extension of the pipe-born water had been completed in Oke-imesi, Ikogosi, Erio, Aramoko, and Erijiyan Ekiti.

Governor Fayemi appreciated the World Bank for the support to build Ekiti and make life meaningful to the people.

The Ekiti State Governor challenged the Management and staff of Water Cooperation to work hard and justify the huge investment in the water sector by ensuring constant potable water supply in the state in order to meet the yearnings of the people and achieve a society free of water born diseases in Ekiti.

While inaugurating the Water Cooperation Headquarters in Ado Ekiti,  the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki said that Ekiti is a lucky state to have the level of human resources and hardworking Governor Fayemi which were conspicuously lacking in many big states in Nigeria.

Governor Obaseki noted that the core values of Governor Fayemi’s leadership are shown in the level of his achievements in areas of healthcare delivery, infrastructure, and empowerment.

He explained that Ekiti State had the highest number of vaccinated people against COVID-19 in Nigeria, while the health sector was well organized to meet the yearnings of the people.

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Mr. Bamidele Faparusi who assured that no worker would lose his or her job due to the reform in the water sector, maintained that staff of the water Cooperation had been trained on the best ways to ensure potable water supply.

Me Faparusi said three major dams which include Ero, Egbe, and Ureje dam had been rehabilitated to ensure frequent water supply in line with the global policy to access clean water.

While calling on the Communities where water facilities were installed, Mr. Faparusi called on the people to partner government in protecting them in the interest sustain growth and meaningful development in Ekiti.

The challenges of building and conducive environment for workers in Ekiti State Water Cooperation has now been addressed as the state government inaugurated the Water House, put in place necessary facilities for the use and smooth operation in the system.

Oriola Afolabi

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