‘Aketi Water Scheme’- will provide water to 3,000 communities – Adeyanju
Over 3,000 communities across the eighteen local government areas of Ondo State are to benefit from the water scheme called”Kamomi,Aketi Water Scheme” .
The government has set up teams to take inventory, evaluate, and carry out the need assessment of all the existing water points in the state and rectify the problems.
The State Chairman of Ondo State Water and Sanitation, WATSAN, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju who led the teams to flag off the scheme which were carried out for three days in the three senatorial districts of the state in various communities of Ifedore,Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo and Owo Local Governments disclosed this while speaking with some journalists during the exercise.
According to her, the technical team among them repaired some water points that could be repaired immediately in any water point visited because she said they were moving with materials and equipments while they will go back to the office to re-arrange and fix those that have been seriously damaged.
“We are moving round based on the instruction of the governor who said problems of water supply in the state must be addressed. He said we should take inventory of the existing structures we have on ground, evaluate,and do the need assessment.
“In some places visited, we repaired the bore-holes that were faulty and water started coming out, that is exactly what we will continue to do as we move on so that people will start fetching water there, that is the best way of addressing challenges of water”,she noted.
The chairman, who described the programme as interesting and encouraging affirmed that the people in the various communities visited were excited because government is meeting them at the point of their needs.
While saying that the state government is committed to make portable water accessible to the people of the state as the state joins the nation to mark world water day, she enjoined people and communities in general to maintain the facilities so that their suffering can be alleviated.
“We sensitised the people as we move on and make them understand that government digged the bore-holes for their own benefits hence the need to protect and maintain the facilities at all times”,she posited.
Corroborating the Chairman’s words, the General Manager of the state Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, RUWASSA Engr. Rotimi Oladimeji, explained that “Kamomi” is the state government water scheme which the mission is to ensure that all communities in the state have access to water in a sustainable way.
“What we have is stand alone and, solar bore-holes,but in Kamomi scheme, there will be reticulation that will serve the community at once, community will access the water uniformly and equitably and it will be easier for them to manage because once we have completed the scheme, we will hand over to the community for maintenance, what we have noticed is lack of maintenance culture, the scheme will address this”,he assured.
He informed that the world water day was celebrated in the state with the launch of the scheme.
“As you have witnessed, we are also tapping alternative water supply which is the streams. At Okeigbo and Oloruntele communities, there are no functional bore-holes that can sustain them, but they have a lot of clean streams, so we are going to tapp, and develop them to ensure that the service go round the whole communities”.
“Also, the bore-holes that are faulty that can be revived, we revived them while those once we noticed that government has been wasting money on and cannot give value, we closed them and ensure their is replacement for them, that is the function of the new scheme.
In all communities visited by the team, the Local governments caretaker chairmen, monarchs, community leaders, and the residence commended the state government for the programme, saying it will go a long way to address problems faced in getting portable water.
According to them, water is very essential to human survival while clean water makes human being to be free from diseases associated with bad water.
While saying clean water has economic value because it reduces frequent visit to the hospital for medical attention, they affirmed that after air, water is next.
They also promised to support the state government in achieving the objective of the programme noting that the scheme is highly applaudable.