52 Solar pump borehole projects have been completed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR) in Obafemi Owode and Ikenne Local Government Areas of Ogun State, to improve the living standard and the economic status of the residents in the areas.
The programme Manager, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWATSAN), Engr. Olatokunbo Sonde, disclosed this at Obafemi Owode, during the monitoring exercise to some of the project sites, to ascertain the level of compliance of the contractors.
Engr. Sonde revealed that the project was Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) that would attract investors into the communities and increase capacity for revenue generation in the State.
According to him, “the project has three phases and it is in the second phase of substantial increase in project delivery across the state, which would span from year 2019 to 2025”.
Meanwhile, a 4-man Water Sanitation and Hygiene Committee (WASHCOM), had been inaugurated at each borehole site by the Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Agency (RUWATSAN), to manage and sustain PEWASH facilities across the benefitting communities.
Admonishing the newly inaugurated 208 Committee members across the 52 borehole sites, during the Capacity Building Workshop, at Obafemi Owode and Ikenne Local Government areas of the State, the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Rural Development, Mr. Gbele Olugbebi, represented by the Programme Manager of RUWATSAN, Engr. Olatokunbo Sonde, urged them to discharge their duties conscientiously in the interest of their communities.
The Permanent Secretary described the Committee as a veritable tool needed to drive PEWASH project at the grassroots in partnership with the State and Local Governments.
Mr. Olugbebi, while noting that they should bring to bare, their wealth of experience, in carrying out their duties, urged them to exchange their skills, knowledge, challenges and ensure accountability among themselves, saying, “You are inaugurated to supervise all PEWASH facilities in various communities and enlighten the people on sanitation and hygiene practices”.
The Chairmen of the LGs, Mr. Fatai Akinsanya and Alhaji Tiyamiyu Balogun, represented by the Head of Local Government Administration Engr. Mohammed Ishola, commended the Federal Government’s efforts and for inaugurating the Committee from different communities to oversee the facilities.