The Federal Ministry of Water Resources in conjunction with the Ogun State Government have concluded arrangements to rehabilitate Ota Water Scheme at Iju in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the State, to allow for expansion of the scheme and make it function effectively.
The Acting Deputy Director, Urban Water Supply, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Engr. Paul Oparaji, while speaking at a meeting with the management of the State Water Corporation, said both parties decided to resuscitate the project, due to its strategic importance to the residents in the area.
Oparaji stated that the Project was originally initiated in 2004 by the RCC Nigeria Limited, and later abandoned due to paucity of funds and some other logistic issues.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria and Ogun State Government in 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which led to the reactivation and re-packaging of the contract to obtain necessary approvals, for rewarding the contract to another contractor, Naston Nigeria Limited and expected to be completed in 24 months”, he said.
He urged stakeholders and residents of the area to cooperate with the State Government and the contractor, to ensure successful completion of the project to achieve its primary objectives, saying it would avail the people and industries in the area have access to potable water supply.
Also speaking, a partnering Consultant on the project, SSHWED International Project and Consulting, Engr. Moses Nnaji, advised the State Government to address all bottlenecks, particularly right of way and youth’s restiveness in the area, which could hinder the smooth take-off of the project, before the contractor mobilises tools and manpower to the site.
He also noted that the Ogun State Water Corporation should ensure that the second phase of the project, which was the distribution of the potable water to the final consumers is achieved, as soon as the contractor delivers the first phase of the job.
Nnaji explained that the project is basically in two different scope; with the first addressing the reconstruction of the existing scheme, while the second would expand and maximise it from less than 40 percent capacity to a higher one.
Responding, the General Manager, Ogun State Water Corporation, Engr. Oluseye Maku, said the issue of right of way had been secured, while others would be resolved in due course, noting that the State government had demonstrated its interest in distributing and making potable water available to the populace.