Sir: in the 1960’s, pipe borne water was adequately supplied to all the nooks and crannies of Ogbomoso metropolis. Taps were running well, today, the status of Ogbomoso has changed from what it was in the 1960s. It now has five LGAS, two in the city center and three in the periphery. Its population has surged. It boasts of a state owned university, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) and a host of other privately owned institutions of higher learning.
Water supply to the city centre is so poor that less than 20% of the inhabitants have access to pipe borne water not to talk of the periphery. Ogbomoso is the second largest city in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state. Water supply in Ogbomoso began to drop from 1983 when it was alleged that the powerful engine meant for its extension was carted away by unknown people. The situation became worse in the 1990s.
Asejire water dam is about 25km from Dugbe in Ibadan. Pipe borne water is supplied to Dugbe and the encompassing areas from Asejire. What is good for the goose should be seen to be good for the gander. Water is life. This essential public utility is indeed needed by all the inhabitants of the five Local Government Areas that make up Ogbomoso geo-political zone. We appeal to the federal and Oyo state governments as well as international bodies to rescue us from water borne diseases by expanding Ogbomoso water dams so that water supply could be extended to about 30km radius. By this, taps will run in towns like Iregba, Iresaadu, Oko, Ajaawa, Odooba, Iwo Ate, Idewure, Dada and others while people’s longevity will be greatly enhanced.
Odooba- Ogbomoso, Oyo state.