The management of the State of Osun Water Resources and Energy Ministry has mandated the State Water Corporation (OSWC) to invite the contractors handling the rehabilitation of the New Ede Water Works to expedite action on the works at the station.
This directive was given by the Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, Dr Amidu Tadese Raheem during an on the spot assessment visit to the New Ede Water Works.
This was as the Special Adviser on Water Resources and Energy, Engr. Ibitoye Felix Adeniran urged the state water corporation to seek the support of the Federal Government and development partners for the rehabilitation of the dam.
The Commissioner and the Special Adviser observed that these became imperative for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) on clean water and sanitation.
The General Manager of the state water corporation, Engr. Lawrence Ogunsina who conducted the duo round the facility stated that the challenges which the station faced were daunting.
Engr. Ogunsina listed explained that power supply, maintenance of equipment, the supply of new equipment, low yield of water supply as part of the challenges confronting by the station.
The Commissioner also charged the leaders of the community to educate the people on the need to see government facilities as belonging to them and also to refrain from any acts capable of sabotaging the supply and distribution of water.
The tour around the facility saw the inspection team paying visits to the low lift station, the high lift station, chlorine tank, clear water well, aerator, treatment plant and the central laboratory where the personnel were charged to always keep the environment clean.
As part of the visit, the visitation team undertook visits to sites where hand pump and motorised boreholes were rehabilitated for the use of the communities at Young Tajudeen Primary School and Oke Yidi, Akewula, Ede.
The Osun Rural Water Environmental and Sanitation Agency (RUWESA) had undertaken rehabilitation of 20 of such boreholes in different communities around the state.