By; NIYI OGUNGOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has lauded World Bank for selecting the State as a beneficiary of its first phase developmental project in rural areas through its Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH).
Consultant to the State Governor on Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan gave the commendation while addressing representatives of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMRW) and World Bank Team, at the conference hall of the Ministry of Rural Development, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
He said the initiative would go a long way in addressing water scarcity and epidemic, assuring of State government’s readiness to partner with World Bank to achieve the aims and objectives of the scheme.
“We are taking the initiative seriously and we are interested in partnership. We appreciate the Federal government and the World Bank for the gesture because there is nothing we can do without them”, he said.
The National Coordinator PEWASH FMWR, Mrs. Jummai Wakaso, said the purpose of the programme was to ensure proper hygiene and availability of water supply, saying out of 24 States that showed interest in the programme, Ogun and Kano would serve as pilot states.
Wakaso stated that the programme started with Obafemi Owode and Odeda Local Governments, with 52 solar power boreholes installed at the first phase, while the construction of 44 facilities and five rehabilitations are ongoing for the second phase.
In his remarks, Director of Rural Electrification, Ministry of Rural Development, Engr. Rasak Ojetola appreciated the teams for their kind gestures, saying the Ministry had been partnering with other donor agencies towards achieving hygienic environment in the State.
Speaking during an inspection tour to some of the project sites within Abeokuta, the representative of the World Bank and Group Social Development, Dr. Bankole Allibay expressed satisfaction on the project executed, noting that the people handling the project did a standard job.