Oyo govt. solicits World Bank’s support over potable water problem

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By Stephen Gbadamosi

The Oyo State government has called for the World Bank’s investment in its bid to achieve universal access to safe drinking water and mitigate the effects of climate change.

A statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Dotun Oyelade, on Wednesday, indicated that the Executive Chairman of the State Water Corporation, Hon. Elias Adeojo, made the call during a meeting with some officials of the bank at the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP), Ikolaba, Ibadan.

He said the state government was investing strategically in building safe drinking water systems by not only increasing funding, but also putting in capacities to plan, coordinate, and regulate service provision.

Adeojo further revealed that provision of potable water was capital intensive, but not profit oriented, as the corporation could not charge the consumers for production cost.

“The Oyo State government has invested heavily on water facilities across the state, but still requires external support like grants from the World Bank,” he was quoted as saying.

He equally stressed that power, being a major factor that drove the corporation’s facilities, had been at low ebbs and needed to be alternated with hydropower.

The chairman said a new technology, known as hydrogen power, which could also be sold for the sustainability of the corporation, would be introduced.

Adeojo said the new policy would aid the corporation, especially as the delisting of power generation from the exclusive list of the Federal Government was in the pipeline.

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In their separate response, the Task Team leader for IUFMP, World Bank office, Malawi, Mr. Francis Nkoka; and World Bank Office, Washington DC, Mr. Tochi Sinoda,promised to assess the requests of the state government on potable water, but added that the issue of tackling flood in the state was germane to the residents.

The duo then called on the management of the corporation on the need to form a synergy between the state Ministry of Environment and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to make a success the fight against the scourge of flood in the state.

Present at the meeting were top officials of the corporation, officials from IUFMP and World Bank.

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