Ogun residents to enjoy uninterrupted supply of pipe borne water - Abiodun - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Ogun residents to enjoy uninterrupted supply of pipe borne water - Abiodun

Gov Dapo Abiodun inspecting Arakanga Old Water Works, Abeokuta on Tuesday

...as automated dam gates are installed 

The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has assured that the residents of the state, particularly Abeokuta will soon begin to enjoy  uninterrupted supply of pipe borne water.

This is just as Gov Abiodun blamed the immediate past government of Sen Ibikunle Amosun for the stoppage of supply of water across the state due to its failure to mandate contractors handling various road construction to repair water installations destroyed by them.

The governor who stated this on Tuesday, shortly after he inspected the Arakanga Old Water Works, Abeokuta, said the completion and installation of the five 'Barage Gates' would allow for proper damming and effective distribution of drinkable water to the people.

Abiodun noted that the rehabilitation of the waterworks was in tandem with his administration's social welfare and well-being pillar, which has provision of potable water as a major component.

He, however, said his administration has included clauses which mandate contractors to repair water and other installations damaged while constructing roads and other infrastructure.

"The previous administration had awarded road contracts and the contractors had actually damaged the water reticulation without it being embedded in the contract clauses that will ensure that the water pipes were repaired.

"So, we have revisited that now, our contracts now have clauses in them where any utility that is damaged by the contractor will be repaired by that contractor, so that we don't have this type of situation repeating itself." he said.

Abiodun explained that the 'Five Gates', which allows for proper damming of water when Ogun-Oshun River Basin fails to release enough water is now being operated automatically as against the manual system in the past.

"This is this same water that serves the Lagos State Water Works, without this, the Adiyan and Akute Water Works will suffer. This is one of the steps we took before even formalising our relationship with Lagos, and that speaks of the collaboration and cooperation that we have with Lagos State.

"The original gates were operated manually, the new gates are electronic and automatic," the governor added.

He further assured residents  of Iberekodo and Arakanga in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state of his administration's determination to complete the road in the areas, which was started but abandoned by his predecessor.

 According to him, the link road to a neighbouring state is of utmost priority to his government.

"On my way coming here, I saw this road and I felt bad because the road is in a deplorable condition. We are currently embarking on construction of roads across the state, all these roads cannot be completed even in twenty years, but, we are determined to do this road.

"Because, this road goes to Iberekodo, Abeokuta North Local Government and even the Federal University of Agriculture, Opeji and also a link road  to another state, which makes it a priority road for us, particularly as it will make things easy for the people," he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the  Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Kunle Ottun, disclosed that the gate dam which stands at nineteen feets would now allow for effective water distribution for the people of the state.

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