Osun state government has informed indigenes of its readiness to install prepaid water meter.
This is just as the government reiterated the need for people to be more hygienic because of the outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus.
Speaking at a press conference jointly addressed Sunday by the Commissioner of Water Resources and Energy, Dr. Amidu Tadese Raheem, and the Special Adviser, Adeniran Ibitoye, the government said the scourges of Lassa fever and Covid-19, require potable water for good hygiene to combat them.
The special adviser said plans are in top gears to ensure provision of adequate and potable water for the people of the state.
He said: “As of today, we are happy to inform the people of the state that the Ilesa Water Supply and Sanitation project would be delivered within the shortest possible time.
“When all these have been provided, we plead with citizens of the state to understand that nothing would be free again.
“There is need for government to maintain the equipment and facilities for sustainability. The citizens will have to pay water bills accordingly and also help in maintaining these facilities in their different communities.
“Prepaid water meters will be installed while some will still be billed directly. In whatever category we fall into, we should endeavour to pay our water bills, so that there will be funds in the government coffers to maintain this good project.
“In this pandemic scourge of the deadly virus COVID-19, citizens of state of Osun are encouraged to observe or make deliberate effort to take care of their personal hygiene.”
The commissioner on water and energy, commended Governor Gboyega Oyetola saying, “He has continued with this zeal through the on-going construction of llesa Water Supply and Sanitation while he continued the maintenance of existing water infrastructure in the state in order to meet the challenges as epitomised by the recent scourges of Lassa fever and COVID-19, that require potable water for good hygiene and sanitation practices in order to combat them.”