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The Governor of Ogun State, prince Dapo Abiodun hs threatened the General Manager of the state Water Corporation, Oluseye Maku and his team with sack.
The governor dangled the threat to Maku for allowing the water pipes to be damaged during the expansion and construction of roads in the state .
The governor however, gave a marching order to the General Manager and his team, to be up and doing or face dire consequences.
Abiodun stated this when Maku spoke at the two-day Treasury Board meeting on 2021 Budget held at the Obas Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta to defend the Corporation’s Budget proposals for 2021 .
The governor expressed anger at the state of public water supply by the corporation .
He advised the leadership of the water corporation to ensure the immediate supply of pipe borne water to all the nook and cranny of the state.
The governor who was visibly angry interjected the GM who requested for additional four weeks to put measures in place for a good pipeline construction.
The governor who gave a hint of his possible sack , said he hoped he would be the person to execute the water project and not someone else.
Also speaking , Special Adviser on Water, Kunle Otun, had informed the governor that many damaged pipes arose as a result of the rehabilitation of roads embarked upon by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.
He added that the construction works had adverse effects on water supply.
Reacting to the development , Abiodun said “you cannot on one hand be awarding contracts to improve on road infrastructure, while you are now damaging water infrastructure. I mean, what are the gains there; is it more important for us to travel than to have water?
“And for the life of one, it is difficult to understand why any administration will award road contracts and those road contracts will damage water pipes and you as General Manager, you are sitting down their watching your water pipes being damaged
“Water is such a basic necessity for human survival, so, I would have thought that you would have made a recommendation to that administration that it is important for a clause to be in those contracts that makes it mandatory for every contractor to ensure that they restore the water reticulation back to how they met it, or even improve on it.
” I mean, what is your recourse, where do you plan to have recourse, what did you do about it, I mean that would never happen again, at least, under my watch, that will not happen.”
The governor however , instructed the Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, who doubles as the chairman of the state Tenders Board, to always ensure that all connecting infrastructures are included in any contract that links two or more agencies.
He said “you are the chairman of Tenders Board, from now, you must ensure that any contract to be awarded must include the repairs of damaged infrastructure. All associated matters must be looked into and be included in any contract henceforth”, he said.
“No road contract must be awarded without consideration for public infrastructure like water pipes, electric wire and poles. Make sure every infrastructure along the right of way is factored into the contract and must be restored back to its former State or even better than how it was.”