The Osun Government has resolved to buy no fewer than 100 water tankers for the distribution of water to residents, pending the repair and replacement of damaged old pipelines.
Mrs Tawakalitu Williams, Special Adviser to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola on Water Resources, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo on Friday.
She said 100 tankers would be purchased for a start, and an order had been placed for them.
“Gov. Rauf Aregbesola approved the purchase following the report that about N10 billion would be required to repair the old and damaged pipelines laid 30 years ago,’’ the Special Adviser said.
She said the governor was very passionate about the plight of the people and had been desirous of providing potable water for them to avert the risk of water-borne diseases.
NAN reports that restoration of healthy living is one of the state government’s six-point Integral Action Plan to eliminate poverty, unemployment and hunger, and promote education and communal peace.
Williams had said the government would provide the tankers for adequate water supply while efforts were being made to carry out a total overhaul of the distribution network.
“The tankers will be operated by the water tanker operators to enhance water distribution, as well as to empower the operators.
“This does not mean that the pipeline network will not be replaced or extended.
“The use of water tankers is a temporary intervention approach to allow for the gradual replacement of the damaged pipelines,” she said.