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Succor: End to Ilorin water supply problem in sight


…As gov’t commences test running of water works

By Issa Saliu


Strong indication have emerged that the end to water supply problem in Ilorin, Kwara State is in sight as the state government is set to commence the testing of the Ilorin metropolis water works following the completion of the reticulation project.
Consequently, some elated resident of Ilorin have commended the efforts of the state government at ensuring regular supply of water to all nooks and crannies of the state capital.
They expressed optimism that, once the reticulated water works becomes fully operation, the problem of inadequate water supply in Ilorin will become a thing of the past.
In the past few months, the Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed led administration has put palliative measures in place to ensure that the residence don’t undergo stress before they would get water for their domestic use.
The government has ensured that water tanks supply water to designated areas in the metropolis on daily basis. The Ministry of Water Resources always put residents at alert on the designated areas where water will be taken to on daily basis through the electronic and social media.
Governor Ahmed’s approval for the testing of the Ilorin metropolis water works was contained in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr. Muideen Akorede.
The statement noted that the testing will last for three months after which water supply will reach previously served areas as well as a significant part of the metropolis.
The governor has also approved the diversion of water mains to the Western reservoir and other overhead tanks which are responsible for fifty per cent of water supply to the capital city.
This, according to the statement, involves the temporary relocation of the affected water pipes in order to restore water to the areas of the city previously fed, prior to the current disruption. The diversion work will last four weeks.
The statement noted that the affected water pipes had been sunk since the early 1970’s but were affected by some ongoing projects in the state. Akorede noted that the pipe relocation is a palliative designed to ameliorate the scarcity of water as well as restore normal operations of the Ilorin Water Supply Scheme.
Governor Ahmed also approved the release of N53.3m for the reconstruction work at Kpandaragi and Ndafa Nuwon, both along Tsaragi-Bacita Road in Edu local government area of the state.
Speaking with National Moonlight Newspaper on phone, a Director in the Ministry of Water Resources, Engr. Yusuf Wopa, said the free emergency water supply is a palliating measure put in place by the state Government to cushion the effect of water problem being experienced by the public.
He assured that as soon as the water hires are installed water will be flowing freely to every home with no obstruction and water will be running everywhere in the town.
An house wife, Hajia Bolatito Saka of Sete’s compound, Isale Banni Alore Ilorin has commended the state government on her efforts to solve water problem in Ilorin and its environs.
She said water has given every house hold some problems, stressing what it took many residents some times before they could get water for their house use. She suggested that more boreholes should be sank to ease the problem of water, praising the governor Abdulfatah Ahmed administration on reticulation exercise embarked upon by his government.
Bolatito also lauded the the emergency supply of water to the public at no cost, appealing for more tankers to serve the water need of the people.
The former Chairman, Kwara State Water Board, Hon. Abdullahi Duro Mohammed, appealed to the people to be patience with the government over the scarcity of water in Ilorin metropolis.
He pointed out that the shortage of water caused by the construction of Geri-Alimi Diamond Underpass Bridge, assuring that as soon as the bridge is completed all the water pipes disconnected will be recommended and the water will also flowing to every home in town.
Mohammed, who was the immediate former special adviser to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed on emergency and relief services, maintained that Asa dam water works if its reticulation is completed would produce four million gallon of drinkable water to the public daily.
He however, said the state government under the administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed is ever ready to tackle anything that will cause hardship for Kwarans.
Speaking in the same development, the Manager of Alhaja Iya-Alao Food Restaurant in Adeta Ilorin, now, Olusola Oluwagbade, he lamented on the water tanker price, stressing that a water tanker was bought at the rate of N8, 000 but now raised to N15, 000.
He gave kudos to the state government on free emergency water supply to the public, urging the government intensify more efforts in sinking more bore holes in addition to the existing ones in the communities.
He added that people will be happy and declare more support for the current government if the reticulation exercise is completed and water is flowing through taps to every home.
Succor: End to Ilorin water supply problem in sight Reviewed by Unknown on February 12, 2018 Rating: 5

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