SEGUN AYINDE, ABEOKUTA
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has urged the General Manager of the state’s Water Corporation, Engineer Oluseye Maku and other workers in the sector to be active in their service to the public or face dire consequences.
The governor, who expressed anger at the state of public water supply by the corporation, gave the warning at the two-day Treasury Board meeting on 2021 Budget held at the Obas Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
The Governor’s warning came when Maku appeared before the Board to defend the Corporation’s Budget proposals for 2021.
Abiodun advised the leadership of the water corporation to ensure the immediate supply of pipe borne water to all the nooks and crannies of the state.
The governor had angrily interjected the GM, who requested for additional four weeks to put measures in place for a good pipeline construction, saying he hoped that Maku would be the person to execute the water project and not someone else.
This apparently sent a message to the GM and his team to sit up or risk consequences as the governor further engaged the water boss on the ways and manners of raising internal revenue without unnecessarily placing the burden on consumers.
In his contribution, Special Adviser on Water, Engr Kunle Otun, informed the governor that many damaged pipes arose as a result of the rehabilitation of roads embarked upon by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, and that these construction works had adverse effects on water supply.
General Manager, Ogun State Water Corporation had said the Corporation was working towards rehabilitating various water schemes and was also constructing 20 water hubs to serve the people.
Abiodun, however, instructed the Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, who doubles as the chairman of the state Tenders Board, to always ensure that all connecting infrastructure is included in any contract that links two or more agencies.
He said, “You are the chairman of Tenders Board. From now, you must ensure that any contract to be awarded must include the repairs of damaged infrastructure. All associated matters must be looked into and be included in any contract henceforth.
“No road contract must be awarded without consideration for public infrastructure like water pipes, electric wire and poles. Make sure every infrastructure along the right of way is factored into the contract and must be restored back to its former state or even better than how it was.
He described water as a basic necessity of life, decrying the damage done to water supply in the state as a result of dislocation of water pipes during the expansion of roads in the state capital and other parts of the state.
“There should have been a provision in the contract for the restoration of the pipes by the contractor,” he said.