In line with the promise of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, to see that his new cabinet delivers the best to the people of the state, the state executive council has approved a N480 million contract for the emergency work on Ede Water Works.
The contract was awarded last Friday at the inaugural executive council meeting, held at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s Office, few hours after the new commissioners were sworn in.
Briefing the press after the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere, said that the approval was done to ensure that the output of the water works, which stands at 20 per cent was increased to 50 per cent, with a view to ensuring that potable water is made available to the people of the state.
The execution of the contract, which he said, was supposed to last for six months, would involve the provision of pumps, generators and transformers among others, adding that after the completion of the work, the capacity of Ede Water Works would have been highly increased.
The council also approved the establishment of Osun State Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme, which he noted, would avail the state government access to fund the Osun Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Programme (OREAP), among other agricultural programmes of the state government.
He said that the purpose of the approval was to see that funds were made available for all various committees involved in the state agricultural programmes before the end of the planting season.
Akere added that the council also approved the intention of the government to source for a loan for the payment of counterpart funds for the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme.
According to him, the cabinet also approved the contract for the dredging of Osogbo Township Rivers, which was awarded to Accord Engineering Limited recently before the formation of the cabinet.
The council then appealed to workers over their ongoing strike action on the issue of minimum wage, and to see reason to sit down at a negotiation table with the government, with a view to calling off the strike and return to work in the overall interest of the state.