The government of the State of Osun intervention on provision of water and environmental sanitation in rural communities has been identified as key to healthy living and enhancement of standard of living of rural dwellers.
The National Programme Coordinator for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme, (RWSS) for Osun and Yobe States, Engineer Rufus Onyeanusi, stated this while speaking with newsmen after the assessment tour to the state to evaluate the level of implementation of African Development Bank-assisted projects in the state.
Onyeanusi who expressed satisfaction on the level of implementation of the projects, lauded the State of Osun Government under the leadership of Mr Rauf Aregbesola for its ingenuity and determination to improve the economic status of rural dwellers.
While urging State of Osun Rural Water Environmental and Sanitation Agency (RUWESA) to ensure that the contractors handling the various projects execute them timely in line with AFDB specification.
The programme National Coordinator also charged them not to hesitate to sanction any contractors that failed to deliver to specifications. He also expressed optimism that with the level of success recorded so far by the agency, the AFDB would extend the programme to other states of the federation.
Programme Manager of the project in Yobe State, Engineer Musa Chalimno, said Osun has become a model for the programme, saying his visit to the sites of the projects has confirmed the readiness of the agency to transform the lives of people in the rural communities of the state. Chalimno noted further that the programme has tendency of placing Osun on the world map in the area of sanitation and zero-tolerance for open defecation.
Also speaking, the State Programme Manager, (RUWESA), Alhaji Posi Adiatu, attributed the success recorded on the programme in the state to the ingenuity and complete commitment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola to reposition rural communities in the state for economic advancement.
Adiatu hinted that RUWESA will not rest on its oars in the task of enhancing the status of rural dwellers in the state, through provision of motorized boreholes for the communities and sustaining good sanitation.
Some residents of benefiting communities, which included Eko-Ajala, Ila-Orangun, Irewole, Egbedore and Dagbolu among others, lauded the state government and AFDB for the initiative, saying the projects had improved their lives by protecting them from epidemics and other water-borne diseases.