The people of Ile-Oluji, Lipaanu, Iyere,and Ipele in Ile -Oluji/Okeigbo and Owo local government areas of Ondo State have commended the state government for rehabilitating all the moribund hand drilled boreholes in the area.
This was done by the team of "Kamomi water scheme recently set up by the state government to revive boreholes in no fewer than 3,000 communities across the eighteen local government areas of the state.
The people from the area informed that before now, they had been confronted with the challenge of potable water.
Most worrisome according to them was the amount spent daily to get water for their domestic and commercial uses.
They were elated that respite has come their way with the rehabilitation of all moribund hand-drilled boreholes in their areas through the Scheme.
Mrs Elizabeth Doluwamu who runs a food canteen at Iyere community affirmed that the major setback for her food business was water, noting that as a result, she paid between N400 and N700 daily to get water from his suppliers in Owo.
Also, Mrs Animat Omotunmise a pap seller in Owo told Journalists that she spent close to one thousand naira on daily basis to get water, a situation which she said was adversely affecting her income.
They stressed further that inhabitants of the communities had been battling with this challenge with no feasible solution in sight until the present government brought succour to them.
Traditional rulers of the towns, and their subjects were full of gratitude to government for coming to their rescue.
The Jegun of Ile-Oluji, Oba Julius Oluwole Adetimehin, particularly thanked the state government for the gesture saying the scheme will go a long way in solving problems of getting potable water in the state.
In his own reaction, the Oniyere of Iyere, Oba Alaba Adako commended the state government for coming to the aid of his people whom he said had been suffering lack of potable water for long.
The monarchs equally pledged their support to the state government in achieving the aims of the programme.
The Chairman of the State Water and Sanitation Agency (WATSAN), Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju who led the team said the government has succeeded in saving residents of the area of the burden of buying water to the tune of N1000 daily for their consumption.
The chairman who noted that the people in the various communities visited were excited about the scheme pledged the state government's commitment to ensure that potable water is accessible to the people of the state.
The General Manager, state Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Engr. Rotimi Oladimeji while sensitising the people to take proper care of the facilities through proper maintenance at all times posited that all moribund boreholes will be revived while those that do not give value will be replaced.
It would be recalled that the state government had earlier set up Kamomi water scheme teams who took inventory, evaluate, and carried out need assessment of all the existing water points in the state and rectified the problems.
The scheme was flagged off in the three Senatorial Districts of the state