Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has charged the state ministry of water resources to ensure regular supply of potable water supply to Ilorin metropolis in the next three months.
He also tasked the ministry and the state water corporation to live up to their responsibility of delivering water to every part of the state during a visit to Agba Dam, Asa Dam Water Works and Western Reservoir (Adewole) where he lamented that no part of the state gets constant water supply despite the over N6 billion spent on water reticulation project.
The governor said he might wield the big stick if the ministry does not deliver on his directive.
“We have a mandate to deliver water to our people within the next 100 days. For a start, I want to see constant water supply in specific areas of Ilorin, it may be Ilorin East, South or West or anything (where these particular dams cover).
“We want action. Our people want water. Raise a memo to state what the problems are and what is needed to fix them. People are tired of empty talk.
“We have to solve the problems now. Forget the big word reticulation, let us fix the problem. We need an immediate memo on what the problems are and we will give you all the support,” the governor said.
The General Manager of Water Corporation, Alhaji Tunde Yahaya listed irregular electricity and water treatment materials as major major challenges facing the agency, regretting that all the water works are currently disconnected from power supply because they owe Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company about N24 million, from a monthly electricity bill of N9.7 milion.
AbdulRazaq had earlier visited the Kwara State Inland Revenue Service where he directed the management to submit a memo on how to perform optimally.
He also visited the Ilorin General Hospital where he announced that the state would host a health summit on how to improve health delivery.
Restating his commitment to telemedicine, the governor said he would consider better funding and autonomy for the state’s premier hospital as the launch pad of the 21st medical technology.
He also visited the Kwara State College of Nursing and Midwifery, Bureau of Land and Kwara State Fire Service where officials made presentations to him on their operations.