By Dipo Olowookere
As part of efforts to make the dividends of democracy available to the people, the Caretaker Chairman of the Oyo East Local Government Area of Oyo State, Mr Saheed Arowosaye, has embarked on some projects aimed to bring succour to the residents.
It was gathered that these projects, including the rehabilitation of boreholes, purchase of generators and temporary repairs of bad roads, would be situated in each ward of the council.
The council chief said the projects were selected using a bottom-top approach and were also in response to the series of requests by the various communities, expressing confidence that the execution of the projects would change the narrative about grassroots development and the responsibilities of Caretaker Chairmen in Oyo State.
According to him, over 12 motorised and hand pump boreholes have been rehabilitated in the first phase of the projects, to address the perennial water crisis in Oyo East Local Government.
“Following in the footsteps of our dear Governor and leader, Engr. Seyi Makinde, and part of our efforts to address the perennial water crisis in the local government, I flagged off the first phase of rehabilitation of the following motorised and hand pumps boreholes; motorised borehole at Ile Okun, Agboye. Ward 1; hand pumps borehole at Bara, beside the cemetery, ward 1; motorised borehole at beside Ile Baba Oba Effon House, Ogese, ward 2; hand pump borehole at Kanga junction, ward 3; motorised borehole at Alaodi, ward 3.
“Others are motorised borehole at Ile Kanga Mosque, ward 3; motorised borehole at Ilaka, ward 5; motorised borehole at Alelerin ward 8; motorised borehole at Ile Lakanla, Jabata, ward 7; motorised borehole at Central Mosque Oke Apo, ward 8; motorised borehole at Central Mosque Jabata, ward 7 and motorised borehole at Adebumi Araromi, back of maternity, ward 10.”
Mr Arowosaye added that the local government also purchased brand new electricity generating sets for communities where some of the boreholes are located, to ensure availability of water even when there is a blackout.
The Oyo East Local Government boss added that the projects are conceived in response to requests by the various communities to address specific challenges and are tailored to meet the needs of each.
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