Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State Governor, has flagged off the rehabilitation of the Ero dam and replacement of the main transmission pipelines with a view to addressing water shortage and curbing open defecation. Speaking at the event in Ikun Ekiti, Dr. Fayemi expressed optimism that the $55 million projects which are co-sponsored by the World Bank and the state government would give a sigh of relief to the nine local government areas supplied by the dam when uninterrupted potable water is made available to them.
The governor stated that Ekiti State has been investing in the water and sanitation sector with efforts to rehabilitate some of the dams within the State in collaboration with the European Union and the World Bank. He noted that with the intervention of the World Bank, the Ekiti State water corporation has been driving the water sector reform process with the investment in human and infrastructure to deliver a transformed and effective water service within the State.
While calling on governments at various levels to work in synergy towards meeting the water supply and sanitation demands of the nation, Governor Fayemi said the adverse effects of potable water shortage are noticeable in the high cost of water to the low-income group
In her speech, the General Manager of the State Water Corporation, Engr Olabisi Agbeyo said the rehabilitation will return the dam to its initial design capacity of supplying 66 towns and villages as well as the State capital.
Also speaking, the Oore of Otun, Oba Adedapo Popoola commended Governor Fayemi for inaugurating the water project; stressing that many towns in Moba local government area have not enjoyed pipe borne water in the last three years.