Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salam

By Victor Adeoti
Osogbo (NAN) The  Osun State House of Assembly on Wednesday said the acute shortage of  water  in the state was worrisome, advising that  urgent  practical steps  needed to be taken  by government to tackle the situation.

The lawmakers made the observation at the 2017 budget defence of the Osun State  Water Corporation in Osogbo.

They said water,  a social service  to the people of the state,  was no longer available .

Mr Timothy Owoeye, the leader of Government Business at the assembly, said  water which many regarded as basic necessity was no longer made available by the corporation.

Owoeye, said inspite of the huge amount of money government was budgeting for the corporation, water was not being adequately supplied in the state.

The lawmaker said communities  like Ilesa  had not been having water supply from the corporation since 1982.

Also speaking, Mr Kamil Oyedele, the House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, said people in  rural communities have had  to trek for some  kilometres  to get potable water to use.

Kamil said it was sad that many of the mini water schemes  in  the state were now  moribund.

He urged the corporation to meet with the executive to design a road map that would ensure adequate water supply in the state.

Mr Ajibola  Akinloye, the House Committee Chairman on Environment, who lamented  that many of the mini water schemes in the state were moribund, said the corporation was still making budgeting provisions  for them.

Akinloye  said it was no longer necessary for government to  be paying salaries of staff at the moribund water schemes across the state.

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But responding, the General Manager of the Water Corporation, Mr Gbenga Owojuyigbe, said epileptic power supply was the major challenge in ensuring adequate supply of water.

Owojuyigbe said many of the mini water schemes were moribund due to non availability of funds to resuscitate them.

He said the Ede water works was still supplying water to people in the area, adding that regular maintenance was being  carried out on the scheme.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the corporation presented  a budget proposal of N 2 billion to the assembly.

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