- Residents of Osun state have lamented poor maintenance of boreholes across the state
- The scarcity of water is biting harder in the state as residents encounter difficulty to get drinking water on a daily basis
- A resident noted that some of the boreholes commissioned by politicians some years back in the state have become moribund
The residents of Ikire in Irewole local government area of Osun state have expressed their displeasure over the terrible state of the government water facilities across the state.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Osun state, Ibrahim Akinola, who went round the local government to conduct the on-site assessment of the facilities, interacted with some of the residents who recounted their ordeals in getting drinking water on a daily basis.
A resident of Iyana-Ègbá area of the town, Ogundare Idris, said while lamenting on the poor state of the facility in his area that it was built in the year 2006 under Ogun/Osun River Basin development authority by the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Patricia Etteh.
According to him, Although the commissioning of the borehole came with fanfare as people from all walks of life were in attendance, it could not function more than a few months before it became moribund.
He said the leaders in the area have informed some of the local authorities but nothing has been done to rescue the situation, adding that he felt the facility only needed little repairs and maintenance.
"It seems the facility only needs little repairs but who will do that? I think they say governance is a continuum? We seriously lack maintenance culture in this country," he queried.
A middle-aged woman, whose house is next to an abandoned borehole facility around Islamiyah area of the town, told Legit.ng that the situation usually becomes terrible during the dry season.
She said: "It's actually sickening that we are running a ceremonial government in this nation. This project was commissioned as if it was an airport of international depute a few years ago. What remains today? Carcasses of sorts!
"It did not even function up to a year before it packed up. You see, this part of the local government feels the impact of water scarcity the most. What can we say than to appeal to the government to at least repair these moribund facilities? The stress and rigours of searching for water are becoming unbearable."
Speaking with the Legit.ng, a resident of Oke-Ada area of the local government, Olagoke, said that the project abandonment has become norms among politicians both at the state and national levels.
He said: "Once a government assumes office, it would abandon all the projects of the past governments, awarding the same projects as new contracts to other contractors, instead of repairing, refurbishing or completing the old, moribund or uncompleted ones as the case may be.
"All they are interested in is just to write their names on the supposed projects and create conduits to steal the government money. Look at all these decayed water facilities, many of them only need repairing, rather, one honourable or senator will just come, build one facility, write his or her name on it, that's all.
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"Whether it works or not, it's none of their business. After some months, it will become a thing of the past. How we found ourselves in this quagmire, only God knows. Anyway, we appeal to the Government to change the narratives for the better, this is the dry season and our people are passing through hellish situations to manage to get fair drinking water."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that residents of Shooting Range, Kabala Doki in Kaduna metropolis, said they relied mainly on mobile water vendors due to the absence of potable water in the area in the past six years.
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