A 251-Kilometre water distribution project was on Tuesday launched by Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State with a total cost put at N3.35 billion.
Speaking at the inauguration of the project, in Ado Ekiti, Fayemi said that adequate and clean water provision was one of the focal points of his administration.
He said the water project which would be completed within 18 months, was aimed at ending the current poor state of water supply across the state.
He recalled that he started the initiative during his first term in office with intention to ensure water supply to every part of Ekiti.
He however expressed regrets that some of his legacy projects and ideals were abandoned by the succeeding administration.
According to him, the water project would be co-financed by the state government and World Bank under the Third National Urban Water Sector Reform Project.
The governor warned that activities of vandals and laxity of beneficiaries of the water supply to pay their bills could mar the project, calling for the sustainability of the project.
”Water is life, people can live for a long time without food, but not with water, which underscores the essence of good water in our life.
”I was in Ero Dam just a couple of months ago to flag off rehabilitation of the facilities with intention to supply water to nine local governments across the state.
”Areas like Olorunsogo, Olorunda, Ikingbinsin, Oke Ila and others will benefit from Ero dam extension, even in Ado Ekiti while Ifaki Ekiti axis and Ekiti North Senatorial District will benefit from the reticulation project.
”The rehabilitated Egbe Dam too will supply water to some local governments in Ekiti South Senatorial District, particularly uninterrupted water supply to Gbonyin and a part of Ado-Ekiti.
”We are going to ensure that there is no arbitrary billing and I want you to live up to expectations by protecting public utilities in your domains and pay your bills so that it will enable us to make more IGR for the state.
”It will also make the water corporation to get revenue to sustain easy supply to our people,” the governor said.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Utilities, Mr. Olumide Ajayi, said the water project would ensure healthy condition of the people.
”I call on the citizens to play their own role by cooperating with the government, contractor and the partnering agencies for the success of the project,” he said.
Also speaking, the General Manager, Ekiti State Water Corporation, Mrs. Olabisi Agbeyo, explained that the pipeline extension became imperative due to population explosion in Ado metropolis.
In an address presented by the 14 joint communities in the area, they appreciated the governor for the gesture and promised to ensure proper use of the facilities when completed. (NAN)