Orile Owu was one of the beneficiaries of EU Water supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (EU WSSSRP) small town water schemes in 2011.
The EU-WSSSRP in Osun State attempted to rehabilitate the small town water supply scheme in Orile Owu by re-constructing a dam axis in place of the one that had been washed away. The EU-WSSSRP also rehabilitated the treatment plant, the pipe distribution net work, the electrical and mechanical installations. However, the contractor employed for the project did a poor job of the construction of the earth dam and the dam failed. He was not paid for the dam construction. This is why the people of Orile Owu have not been able to access potable water from the State of Osun Water Corporation water supply scheme there.
As narrated in the newspaper article below NEST should be commended for what it has done. In addition the people of Orile Owu should be congratulated for what they received – potable water free of charge. They should however take good care of it.
No mention was made of how the borehole will be managed in a sustainable way. It is just not good enough to provide a borehole water scheme.
Day Orile Owu community got treated borehole water
With the gesture of the Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST) on June 6, dwellers of Orile Owu community, Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State, breathed a sigh of relief over the extensive scarcity of treated water they had been battling with in years past.
Focused on promoting research and publications on the environment, as well as raising public awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues, among other objectives, NEST is a not-for profit organisation involved with environment and sustainable development in Nigeria, with a general global interest.
In line with this, as part of its African Adaptation Project (AAP), the organistation recently donated two boreholes to the remote community of Orile Owu, ending the plight of water scarcity among the people.
Commenting on the gesture, the High Chief of Orile Owu, Akogun Yaya Akintunde, appreciated the effort of the organisation, urging other NGOs to try and emulate this attitude, “I really appreciate the NEST, for deeming it fit to provide solutions to the challenges of acute water shortage faced by people of Orile Owu. It is highly soothing to me and the people of the community at large, to be able to have running pure, uncontaminated, germ free, tasteless and colourless drinking water in our community,” he said.
Chief Yaya further added that prior to the project, the adverse effect of water scarcity in the community, cannot be overemphasised, noting that the people had to rely on the water from the stream for drinking purposes and other necessities.
“We have appealed to the government on many occassions, for potable drinking water to be made available to us and we were assured that work was in progress, which is yet to be completed. So NEST doing this for us, comes as a relief.”
The Chief, however, advised the people to endeavour to maintain the boreholes wisely.
The chairman, NEST, Professor David Okali, in an interview, said the AAP is one of the oragnisation’s focus on climate change, as an aspect of the environment.
“These gestures are means of combating the effect of climate change on the society and one of the missions of NEST is to empower people at all social and economic levels for sustainable interactions with the environment,” he said.
Buttressing this, the Executive Director of the organisation, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, said the aim of the organisation was to extend the project to some other states across the country.
“AAP is funded by the Japanese government through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria and through the Department of Climate Change in Nigeria. The objective is to do a practical adaptation project in seven locations in Nigeria, that is six states, including the FCT.
“This has been going on for a little over a year now and such projects have been commissioned in Cross River, Gombe, Kwara States and today in Osun State. That leaves us with Imo, FCT and Kogi States.
“The projects in Osun, Kwara, Imo, FCT and Kogi States are based on water, while that of Gombe State is based on Moringa production and in Cross River State, it is on fish farming.”
Also present at the event were the Balogun of Orile Owu, Chief Saka Lawau; Olosi of Orile Owu, Chief Salau Olaniyi; the Iyalode of Orile Owu, Mrs Suliat Ogundele; Counselor, Ward 9, Honourable Adebisi Olubuka and the beaming villagers.