Ajimobi Commissions Asejire Water Plant
The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has commissioned an ultra-modern water treatment plant at the Asejire Water Scheme, which cost 262 million Naira, putting an end to 17 years of epileptic water supply to the people of the state and neighbouring towns.
The scheme, which has a production capacity of 186,000 cubic meter of water per day, is the largest water production scheme in the state, supplying potable water to 85 per cent of the entire populace in Ibadan metropolis, as well as the communities of Ikire, Ikoyi and Apomu in the neighbouring Osun State.
While commissioning the scheme, Governor Ajimobi expressed gladness that the water challenges being suffered in the state would become a thing of the past.
He said that when his administration came into office, water situation in the state was deplorable and the Water Treatment Plants had reduced in production performance to about eight per cent, due to “un-imaginable neglect by past administrations and the managerial deficiencies of erstwhile operators.”
The Governor added that the last time the plants witnessed installation and construction was seventeen years ago, as they were constructed and installed in 1972, 1991 and 1996 respectively. Apart from the old age of the equipment, other factors that led to the decline of water production at the Water Scheme included lack of spare parts for maintenance and persistent interruption in power supply.
The analysis, he said, had led to award of contracts for the construction of Ayete Water Supply Scheme, to supply water to Tapa, Idere and Ayete Communities; dedicated Power Line to Saki Water Supply Scheme, rehabilitation of Dedicated Power Line to Ogbomoso Water Supply Schemes, extension of pipelines to New Areas throughout the State, upgrading of Water Treatment facilities at Koso and Atori Waterworks in Iseyin, Comprehensive replacement and repair of all electro-mechanical components at all Water Supply Schemes and Booster Stations in the state, upgrading and rehabilitation of Oyo Water Supply Scheme, rehabilitation and upgrading of Igboho Water Supply Scheme, expansion works on Igbetti and Ogbomoso Water Supply Scheme, revalidation of construction of Ilero Water Supply Scheme, laying of New Rising Mains from Eruwa to Igboora (Phase I & II).
In his remarks, the General Manager of Water Corporation of Oyo State, Mr. Gabriel Oguntola, said that the project was awarded six months ago by the State Government as part of efforts towards increasing the volume of potable water supply to the people of Ibadan metropolis.Eight out of the ten pumps were rehabilitated with 100 per cent efficiency, while all critical water treatment units are now functioning well.
The rehabilitated and upgraded water treatment plant, he said, would increase water production from 10 per cent to 80 per cent production capacity and would also eliminate incidences of waterborne diseases. The plant could conveniently supply about 150 million litres of water to about four million residents of Ibadan and its environs on daily basis.