The Oyo State Government is seeking a special grant from a Non-governmental organization, Water Aid International so as to revive the state’s ailing water sector.
According to a statement on Sunday, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Water Corporation, Hon. Elias Adeojo, stated this during a courtesy visit to the management of Nigerian Breweries Ltd. in Ibadan.
He said the corporation’s intending partnership with WaterAid Nigeria will enable residents of the state to have access to a potable water supply.
Adeojo said the grant, when accessed, will target communities grappling with water scarcity and inadequate sanitation facilities, as well as promote sustainable hygiene practices.
Mr. Adeojo said the Government’s commitment to its citizen’s well being would pave the way for its eligibility to access a 100 Thousand Euros grant by Water AID International.
He said the Water AID fund is for water sanitation, hygiene and extension of water pipelines, adding that the grant is for projects located in African countries.
He said, “As a response to the government’s call to action for support to its water sector, Water Aid Nigeria, in collaboration with our corporation is championing a course of potable water in our dear state”.
The Chairman stated that the grant would be judiciously used for the purpose it is meant for if granted.
Mr. Elias stressed that water provision is an extensive investment with no expectation of huge returns, but added that it is a social responsibility of the Government.
He then appealed to the management of Nigerian Brewery to assist the Corporation in seeking the grant.
Earlier in his address, the Brewery Manager, Mr. Seun Akinwale eulogized the leadership qualities of the Governor of the State, Engr. Seyi Makinde.
He thereafter promised to always liaise with the Corporation in the area of provision of adequate water to the habitants of the State.