This was the submission of delegation of the state led by Special Adviser to governor on Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Mr Adekunle Ige to AFDB study programme in Ethiopia.
The team who included the state Head of Service, Mr Sunday Olayinka, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Rural Development and Communities Affairs, Lere Oriolowo and Programme Manager, Osun State Rural Water Environmental Sanitation Agency (RUWESA), Alhaji Bulaymen Posi, maintained that the study programme would go a long way in fast-tracking effective and efficient service delivery in the area of water supply and management.
Briefing newsmen in Osogbo on the study programme, the RUWESA Programme Manager, Alhaji Posi said the tour had intimated the agency with the best practices on how to implement and sustain rural water supply and sanitation in the state.
Posi, who advocated setting up of maintenance committees in each community that benefited from the agency water scheme, noted that the committees would be in charge of monitoring, valuation and maintenance, as well as management.
While maintaing that the agency would not rest on its oars in the task of promoting open defecation-free communities, the programme manager explained that the agency would also employ community-based methodology approach to curtail the act.
He called on stakeholders in the sector to use the exchange programme to leverage on the existing policies in the sector to improve the standard of living of Osun citizenry.
He lauded the state government for its commitment towards provision of potable water to rural dwellers to enhance their economic status.
Among other management team of RUWESA who were part of the team included Ademola Adebayo, Moyinoluwa James and Mrs Adenike Oladimeji, among others.