THE Lagos State Government says it is set to ensure uninterrupted supply of wholesome water to its rural communities.
It added that the measure was to reduce incidence of water-borne and water-related diseases as well as loss of man-hours in search of potable water.
Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr. Cornelius Ojelabi, said this on Wednesday during the inauguration of the two rehabilitated and upgraded micro-water projects in Ejirin and Sekungba communities in Ikosi Ejirin Local Council Development Area.
Ojelabi said the decision to rehabilitate the two projects which had been abandoned for over 20 years was because of government’s passion and concern for the welfare of the rural populace.
He said, “The state government acceded to the request of the member of the State House of Assembly representing the area, Segun Olulade, to rehabilitate the two projects which was abandoned for over 20 years because of our passion and concern for the welfare of the rural populace.
“But the people too have a role to play in ensuring the sustainability of the projects which is why we are handing them over to you.”
The commissioner urged the monarch and community leaders, as well as the residents to protect the projects.
He added that failure to do so might make them to suffer the same fate they did in the past.
Ojelabi further urged the people to seize the opportunity of the vast land in their possession to farm instead of looking for white collar jobs in the cities.
The monarch of Ejirin, Oba Rafiu Balogun, commended the ministry for coming to their rescue after the project had been abandoned for long.
The lawmaker, Olulade, said the rehabilitation showed the beauty of good governance that Lagos State was noted for.
The Baale of Sekungba, Chief Solomon Omotayo, however, requested more government presence in the community.
Head, Rural Water and Sanitation in the ministry, Adisa Yinusa, said the two projects were constructed about 24 years ago and handed over to the local government for management, adding that the council could not manage them well.
He stated that while the Sekungba Micro Water Scheme could supply 198,000 litres of water per day, the Ejirin Micro Water Schemes would supply 135,000 litres per day.
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