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Oyo Assembly Appeals to Makinde to Complete Water Works Projects across the State

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By Richard Thomas, Ibadan

Oyo State  House of Assembly has appealed to the  state Government to address the problem of lack of portable water supply in the state by ensuring the completion of all abandoned water work projects across the state.

The appeal followed  a motion on the need to complete ongoing water work project in the state moved  by Hon Kazeem Isiaka  representing Oyo East/ Oyo West in the Assembly on Wednesday.

The  Speaker, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin  while presiding over the motion noted that   the  project which is  jointly funded by  the world bank, the federal government of Nigeria and the Oyo state government had been abandoned since 2014 adding that the House has now  resolved to invite the State Commissioner for Water Resources, Permanent Secretary and other stakeholders to brief the lawmakers on the state of projects across the state.

According to Hon. Kazeem, the project awarded seven years ago was abandoned owing to  failure of the then state government to pay its own counterpart fund after the World Bank and the Federal government had fulfilled their own part of the tripartite agreement.

The Speaker said the appeal became imperative because thousands of Oyo state residents lack access to portable water and this may increase their vulnerability to water borne diseases..

“The need for clean water cannot be overestimated and it is the duty of government to see to the water needs of the people” Hon Ogundoyin added

In their comments, the lawmakers  decried the poor state of facilities already provided at the waterworks across the state and appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to  again extend his midas touch to the project for speedy completion.

Others including the Deputy Speaker, Hon Muhammed Fadeyi, the Minority Leader, Hon Asimiyu Alarape , Hon Adebayo Babajide ( Ibadan North 2) in  their contributions called for proper monitoring of the annual budget of the Water Corporation of Oyo state adding that leaving such laudable water project uncompleted across the  state is  disturbing.

 

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