PEOPLE of Osun State should start preserving their streams and well water in anticipation of looming water scarcity in the state, as our investigation has revealed that 250 metric tons of industrial alum earlier supplied is about to be exhausted.
OSUN DEFENDER reliably gathered that the epileptic water supply in some parts of the state may completely go dry, if an urgent step is not taken by the administration of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola to halt the looming crisis.
Findings revealed that a contractor that was asked to supply the industrial alum, worth 6,000 metric tons could not supply more than 250 metric tons for water treatment at Ede Water Works.
It was learnt that the contractor, while scouting for funds to execute the project, was tipped to watch his back; as touching any debt the state could owe him.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the contractor’s contact in government specifically laid emphasis on the litigation over the election of the governor at the Court of Appeal, telling him (contractor) that he might run into a hitch should the judgment turn against the current state helmsman.
It would be recalled that the State Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola had dragged Governor Oyinlola to the Court of Appeal, having lost to the alleged bias of the election petitions tribunal that sat in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
According to an investigation conducted by OSUN DEFENDER, 75 per cent of the communities and settlements in the state have no access to potable water; a situation that has compelled some communities to settle for unwholesome well water and streams, while less than 18 per cent that are privileged to have access to pipe-borne water are experiencing epileptic supply.
According to a source in the state Ministry of Water Resources, Osun State Government is very broke now, for the state chief executive has committed whopping funds on white elephant projects and automobiles.
An expert who confided in OSUN DEFENDER on the development said that 6,000 metric tons could have gone a long way in ensuring regular flow of water for considerable number of months; saying that 250 metric tons could only last for a couple of months if regularly used.
However, it was learnt that the ministry top officials had spoken to the senior officials at the State Water Works, Ede, to slow down the rate of pumping in water into circulation, as well as coverage to forestall total dry-up.
Going round the state capital, our reporter found out that potable water has become a scarce commodity, a situation that has forced some residents of Osogbo cosmopolitan city, who could not afford privately sunk boreholes to be scouting around for water.
If the state capital, Ede, a neighbouring town and certain parts of Egbedore Local Government Council Area of the state could be celebrating running of taps fortnightly, some cities like Ilesa, Ife, Ikire and others spread across the state have permanently contended with unhygienic water.
Meanwhile, the boreholes previously sunk by some political office holders in the state as constituency projects have become decorative structures that could not produce water.
Speaking on the development, a resident of Ilobu in Irepodun Local Government Council Area, Mr Sikiru Oyelami said that the problem of wholesome water in Ilobu has become perennial, as pipe borne water is no longer a right in the ancient town.
“We are not even bothered about the tap water again, our people have permanently settled for streams and well water; and let it be known that the boreholes dug by our councillors, chairmen and House of Assembly members are all fake,” said Oyelami.