Ekiti Government Targets 85% Portable Water Supply
London, March 27, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led administration in Ekiti State has reiterated its commitment to meeting the 85% daily requirement of portable water supply to Ekiti people.
The pledge was contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Engr. Olumide Ajayi at the commissioning of water supply facilities constructed under the Phase Three (EU-WSSSRRPIII) Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme, supported by European Union and UNICEF and Public Toilets, constructed under the NGO Grant of the European Union Supported Programme as part of activities marking the year 2019 World Water Day Celebration.
Engr. Olumide Ajayi noted that the feat would be achieved through rehabilitation of Egbe Dam in Gbonyin Local Government area, mini Water Schemes, and boreholes in 7 towns and communities of Ekiti West LGA being as co-financed by Ekiti State Government and EU which is on-going.
He informed that Ekiti State, under the third National Urban Water Sector Reform Programme (NUWSRP-3) with the support of the World Bank has started the rehabilitation of Ero Water Supply Dam and the repair of the main transmission pipeline between Ifaki and Ado-Ekiti, which, upon completion, would provide steady increase in water supply to nine Local Government areas of the state.
Emphasizing on this year’s theme “Leaving No One Behind” which is in line with the earlier declaration of an emergency in the WASH Sector by the Governor last year December, Ajayi said the rehabilitation and turn around maintenance of water assets in the state will have a combined capacity to meet water supply requirements of the state that will drastically solve the problem of low access to safe water supply either in urban, small towns, or in rural communities.
This, he said would ensure that women and the vulnerable will have adequate access to water supply.
Engr. Ajayi further said that as part of actions and strategies in ensuring that no one was left behind, efforts are in top gear to implement measures such as aggressive advocacy and sensitisation of the citizens on the need to sustain the operation and maintenance of the WASH facilities that will drive the “State of Emergency” already declared in the sector.
He also said that the commencement of “Ekiti Ko Egbin Sile” programme, which is a roadmap programme geared towards a speedy eradication of Open Defecation in Ekiti State will go a long way to achieve this lofty objective of the government.
The Permanent Secretary called on stakeholders involving Government, Development Partners, the Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), men and women of goodwill to ensure “No One is Left Behind” as part of the objectives if the Sustainable Development Goals 6 (SDGs-6) will be achieved.
In another development, the State Government has warned people encroaching and erecting structures illegally on land already allotted to public schools to stop forthwith and be ready to forfeit such illegal structures to government without any compensation.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi, gave the warning at a peace parley attended by the representatives of government, key stakeholders in the education sector and residents of Ikingbisin area, Ado-Ekiti.
The meeting followed government discovery that some people have started encroaching on part of the land on which Ikingbinsin/Olorunda Community High School, Ado-Ekiti was established.
The Permanent Secretary, who spoke through the Director of Schools in the Ministry, Mr. Alani Daramola commended the residents of the area, particularly Chief Akingbisin for releasing the plots of land for the establishment of the school while appreciating the collective efforts of the residents in resisting land grabbers from further encroaching on the school land.
Mr. Ajayi, who advised the people to always ascertain the status of any land adjoining public schools from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development before making any transaction on them, also warned land owners already compensated by government to stop re-allocating such lands to prospective buyers, adding that government was prepared to prosecute both the buyers and illegal sellers of government land.
The Permanent Secretary, who also remarked that the state government was not unmindful of the challenges of decayed facilities in the school, assured that efforts are on by the Fayemi-led government to rehabilitate them and provide more facilities and other educational materials that would make teaching and learning more conducive to teachers and students of the school.
One of the community leaders in the area, Chief Jimoh Adelusi, while speaking on behalf of the Community promised to cooperate with the State government to prevent further encroachment on the land on which the only secondary school serving the area, Ikingbinsin/Olorunda Community High School was established.
Chief Adelusi, who vowed to ensure that the encroached portion of the
school land is reclaimed and restored to the school, urged government
to erect perimeter fencing to demarcate the boundary and make it
difficult for any further attempt to encroach on the land.