The constituency office of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, today flagged off the rehabilitation of Sobi Waterworks. It is noteworthy that the waterworks which was built about three (3) decades ago to serve some communities in Ilorin East, Ilorin South and Moro local government areas of the state, with the maiden design of delivering two million (2,000,000) gallons per day, has been operating on its twenty five percent (25%) efficiency in the last 15 years, thereby resulting in the shortage of pipe borne water in the beneficial communities. Hence, the need for its rehabilitation for higher efficiency for the domestic and industrial benefits of the constituents and Kwarans by extension.
Shortly before the project was handed over to the contractor by Engr. Aremu, the Managing Director of Lower Niger River Basin, which is the MDA in charge of the the project, the Director General of ABS Mandate Constituency Office, Alhaji Musa Abdullahi, disclosed that the Senate President is committed to the welfare of his constituents and ready to bring to an end the sufferings that emanate from the insufficiency of water supply through the rehabilitation of old and construction of new surface and underground waterworks. He proceeded by making it known that his principal has about two hundred (200) ongoing constituency projects in which there are more than twenty communal road projects that are eighty percent (80%) completed and will be commissioned soon across the four local government that make up the Kwara Central Senatorial District being represented by Sen. Saraki at the Senate. He therefore concluded by assuring Kwarans of the hundred percent (100%) completion of all the projects facilitated by the Senate President and that more of such people oriented projects are in the pipeline.
According to the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Water Resources, Hon. Ali Bahago Ahman Pategi, who was present at the flag off event, the National Assembly under the Chairmanship of Sen. Bukola Saraki wants to discourage the incessant digging of boreholes but invest more on water dam construction and reticulation in order to ensure every household in the country has access to healthy and drinkable water. He went further by appreciating the Senate President for his interest in ensuring monumental projects are captured for Kwarans in the 2018 national budget. “He is indeed a responsible and responsive leader and blessing to Kwara state”, Hon. Pategi Added.
After the project was handed over to the Contrator by the Lower Niger River Basin and the site possessed by the constituency office of the Senate President, the CEO of Deco Nigeria Ltd, made it known that all the equipment to be used for the project are to be imported from Germany and assured that the project will be hundred percent (100%) completed in six (6) month.
Breifly after the flag off of Sobi Dam, the constituency office of the Senate President also had an inspection tour to the nearly completed AgbaDam waterworks expansion site, a multimillion naira project which was flagged off last year. The inspection team was impressed by the level of works done on the dam and optimistic that in the next few months, water will run on every household in Ilorin metropolis.
Also present during the flag-off and inspection outing are; The state Chairman of Kwara APC, Alhaji Ishola BF, the three Senatorial Chairmen of APC, Alhaji Jimoh Balogun, Alhaji Jimoh Adeshina, Alhaji Isiaka Oniwa respectively, the Kwara state Commissioner for water resources, Barr. Abdulrasaq Akorede, Kwara Water Corporation GM and Engineers, Directors and other staff of ABS Mandate Constituency Office, Team of Engineers from Lower Niger River Basin, the APC state executive member, the council chairmen of Ilorin East and Ilorin South local government areas and many others.