Oyo State House of Assembly laments lack of water in communities
Says award of N1.3b contract between Nov 2018 and April 2019 questionable
Against the claim of the Oyo State Water Corporation Agency that 12 out of its 22 waterworks are functioning, the Oyo State House of Assembly has lamented that the residents of the state do not enjoy water supply.
The agency had claimed in a report presented by the Acting Managing Director of the agency, Mr. Samuel Adegboyega, to the lawmakers during its summon session at the plenary following a motion moved previous week by Isiaka Tunde Kazeem, representing Oyo East/Oyo West State Constituency, that waterworks are functioning at 80, 80, 50, 70, 70, 70, 50, 50, 60, 50, 100 and 80 per cent respectively in Asejire Phase 1 & 2, Eleyele, Oyo, Iseyin Koso, Iseyin Atori, Ogbomoso, Eruwa, Saki, Igbeti, Ago-Amodu, Iganna and Ajinapa.
Adegboyega, who noted that the major problem of water corporation in the state is availability of chemicals, especially aluminium sulfate, said: “We need at least 6,000 metrics tonnes of aluminium sulfate yearly. Some parts of our constitution are also obsolete and no longer workable.
“For instance, our law stated that anyone that damages water pipe should be made to pay N20, another one says N40. These are also setbacks to us as an agency.”
However, Majority Leader of the House, Sanjo Adedoyin, representing Ogbomoso South, lamented that less than two per cent of Ogbomoso zone have access to pipe borne water from the agency.
He said that the claim on the report that 70 per cent of Ogbomoso residents are enjoying water supply at 6,600 capacity was not just bogus but deceptive.
Meanwhile, making reference to the report on the new projects status at the agency, the Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin, said that despite the agency’s ineffectiveness, it approved nine contracts between November 2018 and April 2019 while the immediate past administration was already rounding up.
“From this report, your agency awarded 13 contracts between 2011 and 2019, which is eight years. But to my amazement, nine of these 13 contracts were awarded at the tail end of the last administration.
“These contracts were awarded and about N1.3 billion was released within five months to different contractors and still, water is not flowing in our pipes across the state,” he said.
Ogundoyin said the activities, records and inefficiency of the state water corporation needed to be investigated to ensure the state resources are used appropriately for the good of the people.
He said: “Today, we have set up a committee, which involves lawmakers across the five zones of Oyo State to visit the agency’s facilities, its ongoing projects and check their books.
“After this, we may be inviting the immediate former commissioner for environment and natural resources, former Permanent Secretary and all the contractors that have one or two questions to answer.”
Also, Adebayo Babajide, representing Ibadan North Constituency II, lamented the recklessness of the agency’s contractors towards damaging road infrastructure.
He said: “Our people are complaining on how your contractors go about digging our roads, claiming they are fixing water pipes and at the end, potholes are created on the road and no water at least to compensate.”
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