SPEECH DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, ALHAJI ABDULFATAH AHMED, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF KWARA STATE AT THE COMMISSIONING OF ILORIN METROPOLITAN WATER NETWORK PROJECT IN ILORIN ON THURSDAY, 22ND NOVEMBER 2018
Today’s ceremony attests to our commitment to promoting the well-being of our people through the provision of clean water. It is also a strong testament to the benefits of continuity in governance.
As you are aware, the Ilorin Metropolitan Water Distribution Network Project was flagged-off by the administration of my predecessor, His Excellency, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the current Senate President.
The previous administration implemented the first phase of the project which was partly financed under the N17 billion bond facility obtained by the state government in 2009.
As a government of continuity, which also believes in the vision behind the project, we sustained and brought the primary and secondary reticulation to its completion.
I am, therefore, delighted to join you today, not just to commission this project but also to celebrate the coming to fruition of this vision after a decade of relentless efforts by the Kwara State Government.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, successive administrations from the inception of the State in 1967 have effected many interventions aimed at improving water supply in the state capital and indeed the entire state.
These efforts, however, did not yield more than 4 million gallons per day up till 2003.
Further efforts geared towards improving the supply between 2003 to 2008 raised the production to 25.5 million gallons per day. This intervention brought about the challenges of enormous increase to high and low lift pumping capacities of Asa Dam Water Works.
The ever-increasing expansion of Ilorin Metropolis, and its attendant population increase, therefore, made the upgrade of Asa Dam waterworks and the distribution network imperative. It was to this effect that this project, comprising the Rising Mains, and Principal Distribution Network, was flagged-off in 2009.
Currently, 39.94km new transmission mains, 44km of the main distribution network, and 26.75km of the secondary and tertiary distribution network.
Others are a 10,000 cubic meter concrete circular tank at Oloje, a 570 cubic meter elevated tank at Oja-Oba, the connection to 5,000 cubic meter tank at Oke-Ose and two booster stations.
With the completion of this phase, it is safe to say that we have recorded significant milestones in our effort to ensure that every resident has access to water within a 500-meter radius. This project also takes us closer to achieving one of the targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) no. 6 which aims to achieve universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by the year 2030.
The Ilorin Water Distribution Network was implemented at the cost of N6.5b, funded partly through the N17b bond, a commercial bank facility and the Kwara State Infrastructure Development Fund (IFK).
With today’s commissioning, 48,000 homes located along the following routes will now enjoy clean and affordable water.
The routes are Eastern Reservoir to Oja Oba, Eastern Reservoir to Taiwo Road, Western Reservoir to Sobi, Maraba to A Division, and Baboko Market to Abdulazeez Attah Road.
Others are Taiwo Isale to St. John Church, Government High School to Abdulazeez Attah Road, Oja Oba to Oloje, Abdulazeez Attah to Taiwo Isale, Basin Road to Mayode Hotel and Umaru Audi to Jebba Road.
Additionally, this network is supplemented with standpipes at 130 different locations across Ilorin Metropolis.
Furthermore, arrangements are at advanced stages to award the contract for 310km Tertiary Reticulation Network which will expand the Water Supply coverage in Ilorin to 105,000 households.
Indeed, my administration has worked hard to reduce water supply accessibility and availability gaps in the state through infrastructure provision and renewal. The projects implemented under this scheme include waterworks in Share/Tsaragi, Oyun, Obbo Aiyegunle, Elesinmeta, Pepele, Zambufu, Gbugbu and several others across the state.
Let me restate here that the state government remains determined to expand water supply to more homes in Ilorin metropolis and indeed across the state.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I now have the honour to commission the Ilorin Water Distribution Network to the glory of God and for the benefit of the good people of Kwara State.
Thank you, and God bless.
Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed,
21st November 2018