Osun State government has awarded a N417,974,970.00 contract for the emergency rehabilitation of the New Ede Waterworks, with a view to increasing the level of provision of portable water for the people of the state.The contract was awarded to Messrs Seg Mahsen and Co Nigeria Ltd.
Signing the agreement with the company on behalf of the government, for the award of the contract in Osogbo, the state capital on Thursday, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Engineer (Mrs.) Tawa Williams, stated that the project must be completed within a stipulated period of six months.
She further stated that when the project is completed, over 20 million gallons of water would be made available to the people of the state per day, with a view to alleviating their suffering on the scarcity of portable water supply.
Describing the signing of the agreement with the company as a milestone in the life of the present administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the Special Adviser noted that the government was carrying out partial rehabilitation of the waterworks, to improve its output capacity to about 50 percent.
According to her, the governor had entered into partnership with the World Bank, for the comprehensive rehabilitation of the waterworks, but pending the time the bank would come in, the present administration decided to embark on partial rehabilitation of the project.
The scope of the emergency rehabilitation, according to her, includes “provision of two 2,500 cubic metres per hour, Low Lift Pump-sets; provision of 1500KVA generating set at the High Lift Station; provision of two 2MVA outdoor power transformers with its associated control panels, at the High Lift Station and High Tension Building respectively; and provision of chemical dosing pumps for Lime and Alum”.
Engineer Williams noted that all main pipes in the affected areas would be repaired or replaced, to minimize waste and ensure effective use of water, adding that pipes would also be extended to newly-developed areas.
She noted that when partnership between the state government and the World Bank begins to take effect next year, under the World Bank Assisted Water Supply Programme, there would be complete rehabilitation of Ede Head-works, which would give 100 percent and full capacity water outflow.
Construction of new Ilesa Urban Water Scheme, according to her, would also be carried out under the programme, while the ongoing Ile-Ife Urban Water Scheme would be completed, adding that there would be rehabilitation of all existing water schemes, and repair and desilting of dams in Eko-Ende, Esa-Odo, Iwo and Ede.
For the monitoring of the project, she stated that the present administration would introduce new system of monitoring of projects, which had not been done in the past, noting that the governor had also directed the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Finance to participate in the monitoring of the projects.
She reiterated the commitment of the government of the state to give the issue of water supply topmost priority and ensure that the dividend of democracy is brought to the doorsteps of the people of the state, in all ramifications.
Responding on behalf of the company, the leader of the team, Dr Abraham Olusegun said that the company would handle the project with all sincerity and ensure that it is completed within the stipulated period.