The Oyo State Government has inaugurated the board for the State’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), to enable rural and urban residents to access potable water.
The members of the board are Evangelist Sunday Ayobami, Hon. Gabriel Olayiwola and Engr. Abu Salami.
The Chairman OYORUWASSA, Engr. Najeem Omirinde, while addressing the members who at their inaugural meeting, noted that the agency had suffered neglect from successive administrations which led to most of the equipment of the agency getting abandoned and old.
He however said that the present administration had resuscitated the agency’s activities with the recent purchase of a rig and repairing of the existing ones.
“With the present administration’s support, serious steps of transformation have commenced in earnest in respect of approval of repair of old drilling rigs and compressor, purchase of new drilling rigs, ready for commissioning by His Excellency.
“We have had the approval of a bank facility to the tune of #800million which would be counterpart funding to get listed and secure a grant of #2.9billion from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Abuja, partnership with several nongovernmental organisations like the Water-Aid for provision of handwashing facilities, WASH Clean Nigeria Campaign and others.
He subsequently welcomed the members and urged them to support the state government in providing quality water and reducing water-borne diseases in Oyo State.
“Consequent upon the above, I welcome you onboard to this agency and I solicit for your support, commitment and understanding to assist the State government in uplifting the standard of living of the citizens in the area of provision of quality water and reduction of water-borne diseases in the State,” Omirinde said.