The Kwara Government has embarked on a house-to-house assessment of water supply in Ilorin, the state capital.
Mr. Olalekan Issa-Onilu, the Press Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, said this in a statement made available to reporters in Ilorin on Friday.
According to him, the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Hajia Arinola Lawal, has started a community-to-community tour as part of efforts by the State Government to ameliorate acute water problems in the state.
“The tour is to fulfill one of the cardinal programs of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to ensure regular supply of potable water to the nooks and crannies of the Ilorin metropolis and beyond.
“The commissioner and members of her entourage visited Sawmill Garage/Deeper Life Street and Isokan Community in Ilorin where they met with residents and discussed their challenges and water situation in their areas.
“At Isokan Community in the Sawmill neighborhood, the team met with the Chairman of the community, Mr. Theophilus Oyedele, who complained about how the community lacked access to water supply for many years.
“Oyedede told the team that he had spent so much digging borehole, but yet, the efforts yielded no result as the site had no water that could cater for the domestic need of residents,’’ he said.
Issa-Onilu noted that the commissioner commended the people of the community for their endurance.
He added that the commissioner assured them that the ministry would swing into action to ensure that all their complaints were given utmost priority and ensure water was made available in the community.
Issa-Onilu said that the community leader also commended the commissioner for visiting them while appealing to the present administration in the state to come to their aid by providing them with potable water.
“He described the governor as very kind, caring, friendly, simple and someone with listening ears that feels dejected when he sees his people not happy’’.
Responding, the commissioner commended the people of the community for their endurance.
She assured that the ministry would swing into action as soon as possible to ensure that all their complaints were given utmost priority and ensure that water was made available in the community.
Reports have also shown that the commissioner was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Okanlawon Olanrewaju, and the General Manager, Kwara State Water Corporation, Mr. Shehu Umar, among others.