The Osun State governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has assured residents of the state of adequate provision of portable water supply.
He said his administration would continue to provide basic social amenities for the citizens.
Governor Oyetola, who spoke at the inauguration of an 8-man Project Monitoring Committee on the ongoing construction of Ilesa Water Project, at the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy along Gbongan Road, Osogbo, said he would not stop from providing free flow of pipe borne water for all residents.
The Ilesa Water Project is jointly funded by the State and Federal Government through the federal Ministries of Water Resources and Finance and the Islamic Development Bank.
The Committee which was constituted on the directive of the federal Ministry of Water Resources, was tasked to ensure quality service delivery through adequate supervision and monitoring to make sure that the project meets agreed standard and specifications in line with the project terms and conditions.
Speaking on the newly inaugurated Committee Oyetola said it was set up to ensure quick completion of the project within the stipulated time.
Represented by the Commissioner of Water Resources and Energy, Hon. Amidu Tadese Raheem, the governor disclosed that his administration had established necessary mechanism to sustain the regular supply and distribution of water in the state.
He said: “As you all know, the project has reached reasonable level of completion, we are assuring our people that with this committee put in place, the quality job is assured.
“We are determined to ensure quality job. We shall ensure that the contractors handling the project meet up with the specifications and fulfill all the terms and conditions.
“We are on the pipes laying and distribution network and in few months to come, this will be completed while other components would follow. It is our hope to complete and deliver the project by this year or latest next year.
“We are all aware of the importance of water, that is why the Governor is taking it serious. As we all know, before his emergence, the issue of water had been a thing of concern, and since inception, this administration has been working tirelessly to ensure adequate water supply to every household in the state.”
He added that the committee would champion its oversight functions in line with the mandate given to it to promote efficiency in the delivery of the project.
Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources and Energy, Engr. Felix Adeniran Ibitoye, who spoke during the inspection tour of some of the project sites in Ilesa, assured the residents of quality job.
He appealed to the people of Ijesaland to remain calm and cooperate with the contractors handling the work as government was committed towards restoring water to the zone.
Raheem is the chairman of the committee.
Other members of the committee are Ibitoye; the Project Consultant, Mrs. Tawakalitu Williams; Coordinating Director of Ministry of Water Resources and Energy, Engr. Isaac Babalola; General Manager Osun State Water Corporation, Engr. Ademola Fatola; Project Coordinator, Ilesa Water Supply and Sanitation, Engr. E.A. Akinyele; Engr. L.M. Rafiu and Mr. George Martins.