By Bode Akinbode,Ibadan
Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has proposed N3billion investment plan for water supply so as to make the commodity available at major cities and rural areas of the State.
This was disclosed by the Chairman, Oyo State Rurally Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Engr. Najeem Omirinde while answering questions on a radio programme in Ibadan.
Omirinde said, out of the N3billion water investment plan, N500million was dedicated to repair of faulty public boreholes throughout the State to ease people of the burden of contributing money towards such purpose.
He added that he had contacted Chairmen of all local government areas and their Local Community Development Areas (LCDAs) to submit lists ten of such faulty boreholes in each community.
“Oyo RUWASSA has already contacted the Chairmen of all the local government areas in the State to make a list of ten faulty boreholes in their areas for repair, this is to reduce the number of boreholes to be dug and be environmental friendly and as well cut cost.
“The governor has assured the people of the State of his readiness to make water available, both from the surface (dam) and from the deep ground, to ease the burden of our people’s quest for water.
“Governor Makinde has set aside N3billion water investment plan for an immediate solution for water problem in Oyo State and from this, the sum of N500million will be used for repair of faulty boreholes in all public areas.”
Engr. Najeem hinted that the State government has directed that every new borehole dug in public areas must be solar-powered so as to ensure the durability of the project.
He however called on the general public to write the agency whenever they wanted to request for digging of borehole for public use or for private homes and businesses.
He noted that the cost of digging boreholes by the agency for private homes and businesses would be cheaper in comparison to the cost to be charged by private borehole-drilling companies.