Lagos hands over water scheme to rural community

Lagos State government yesterday handed over a micro- water scheme to Ijede community in Ikorodu.

The Commissioner for Rural Development, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, said government rehabilitated the water plant built and abandoned 23 years ago to provide potable water to the indigenes and eradicate water-borne diseases.

He said the Governor Babatunde Fashola administration  is concerned about the water people drink and is determined to reduce water-borne diseases.

The commissioner said government knew that many people in rural communities were low income earners and could not afford to dig wells, construct boreholes or buy table water, hence it decided to build micro-water schemes and hand them over to rural dwellers.

Ojelabi urged the community development associations (CDAs) to reciprocate government’s gesture by taking over its ownership and protecting it to enable the facility last.

The Chairman of Ijede Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), Mr. Saheed Adefarasin Hassan, thanked government for the laudable project.

The Head of Rural Water and Sanitation in the ministry,  Mr. Adisa Yinusa, an engineer, said the project was designed to deliver 45,000 litres of water per run and could supply 105,000 litres per day for three runs.

He said to make the scheme functional, the ministry has provided a 45KVA generator, installed a 100KV transformer connected to 1KDC line with submersible pumps, dosing pumps, tanks and accessories.

Also present at the event are the Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural Development, Mr. Babatunde Hunpe, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Olatunde Agoro, the Chairman of the Community Development Committee of Ijede, Mr. Rotimi Ayoku-Owolawi and others.

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