By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The over four billion naira water treatment plant in Aboto, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State would start supplying water to the local government next month.
The project founded by the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC), has capacity to supply two million gallons per day to communities in the area.
The Chairman of the Commission, Mr Olugbenga Edema told the Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Public Account during its on-the-spot assessment of the commission’s projects in the area.
Edema explained that the water plant commissioned in 2017 by the last administration, could not supply water to the targeted communities because there are no pipes and reticulation which made the present government to intensity efforts on the second phase of the project.
He informed that the project is two-in- one, noting that the phase one is the treatment plant which has been commissioned, while phase two is the pipes laying and reticulation.
The OSOPADEC boss pointed out that the second phase got delayed because of some caved-in bridge s that the water pipes had to pass through, noting that all these had been rectified.
He affirmed that the second phase is 99 percent complete, saying that what the contractor is now doing is flushing, in other to clean the pipelines from germs and any form of impediment.
“With this, the treated water can get to Ugbo-Ugbo- nla, Mahin, Araromi and other communities,” he averred.
The Chairman of the committee, Edamisan Ademola who said that the issue of the project came up in the audit query report and a lot of questions were asked why the plant has not been supplying water, commended the state government for its commitment towards the project.
While noting that the massive project is a legacy, he charged people in the area to protect and maintain it for them to continue to enjoy potable water.
Other lawmakers on the team lauded the commission and the state government for not abandoning the project, stressing that the project would bring succour to the people of the mandate area.
“It is an opportunity to thank the present administration for making this possible, even though this place had been commissioned, it could not have served any purpose without the pipe laying and reticulation,” they posited.
Other projects inspected include the ongoing 28.5 kilometer Aboto/Atijere road, the water reservoir at Igbokoda, and the 1.4 kilometer Araromi/Ayeka road.