Forteen Communities across Oyo State have benefited from water projects, the Chairman Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Engr. Najeem Omirinde said.
The project was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) as new solar-powered boreholes were provided to some while others have faulty boreholes rehabilitated and upgraded.
Among the Communities that benefited from the project, which was a Covid-19 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) response project include Oke Ipin Community in Ibarapa East Local Government, Sango Community in Ibarapa East Local Government, Lanlate area in Ibarapa East Local Government and Ipapo in Itesiwaju Local Government.
Other are Ijio Community in Iwajowa Local Government, Igboburo Community in Atiba Local Government, Otefon Community in Atiba Local Government and also Ile Baago at Atiba Local Government.
In Ibadan, communities that the projects were sited include Mokola in Ibadan North Local Government, Ajia Community at Ona Ara Local Government, Balogun Ogbori Efon Community at Ibadan North Local Government, Aba Alamu at Ibadan South-West Local Government, Monatan High School, Lagelu Local Government and Idunnu Alakuta at Ido Local Government.
The Chairman Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Engr. Najeem Omirinde said the collaboration effort between the federal government and Oyo State to actualize the project was in fulfilment of the responsibility of government to provide water, which he said was essential in washing hands and other parts of the body to avoid infections.
He reiterated the State government’s stand in providing water especially for those at rural communities as part of the political contracts signed by the State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde and the people of Oyo State.
“This is part of the move to fulfill the promises made by the governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde to bring succor to the people, especially those at the grassroot, we all know the importance of water in all we do, it is important, especially now that we are campaigning for hand-washing to fight infections like the dreaded Covid-19 among others.
“RUWASSA will reach all nooks and crannies of Oyo State to provide drinkable water for the people to help maintain good health and sanitation,” he promised.