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After decades of no access to water supply, Kwara lawmaker puts smile on faces of residents of Ifelodun communities

Out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, water, which is the 6th goal, is an essential part of human life. It plays a vital role in every man’s daily activities. A day can not pass by without human using water.

However, for many decades, most rural communities in some parts of Kwara South can not boast of adequate and potable water supply. The reality that had questioned the influence and responsibilities of past administration in the Senatorial district is that most of these villagers often travel kilometers to neighboring villages in search of potable water.

Hon. Ganiyu Salahudeen Afolabi (m) and Princess Atoyebi Folashade Toyyibat (r) while commissioning the water facility at Ajibowo Village.

In an effort to corroborate the official wordings of the 6th goal of the SDGs: “Ensuring availability and sustainability management of water and sanitation for all,” Honourable (Barr) Ganiyu Salahudeen Afolabi, has taken it upon himself to help the people living in the rural communities within his capacity by facilitating water supply projects into the region.

On Monday, the lawmaker representing Omupo state constituency in the Kwara State House of Assembly, Honourable (Barr) Ganiyu Salahudeen Afolabi, otherwise known as AGF Salahudeen, commissioned water facilities in four communities in Omupo constituency in Ifelodun Local Government of Kwara State.

One of the facilities commissioned by Hon. Ganiyu Salahudeen Afolabi

The lawmaker, who arrived in Omupo constituency for a one-day working visit, commissioned the water facilities in Idi-Apa, Ajibowo, Monsara in Ora Village and Abayan Village.

The commissioning of the water facilities kick-started that of other projects facilitated by Honourable AGF Salahudeen which will also be commissioned in subsequent days.

According to the villagers, the projects, executed by the Kwara State Government under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq, became the pioneer of water supply facilities in these communities.

Hon. AGF Salahudeen with his entourage and recipients of Idi-Apa village during the commissioning of one of the water facilities.

Formerly, it was reported that most of these villagers would have to travel far kilometers to neighboring villages before they could get water.

Addressing the villagers who turned up at the commissioning of the water facilities at each community visited, Honourable AGF Salahudeen emphasized that the objective was to improve the availability and sustainability of adequate supply of water in the communities.

“All the projects you are seeing us commission today are not done ordinarily. We did our survey and we discovered that there are communities with zero access to adequate supply of water,” he said.

Villagers taking from the water after commissioning

“It is a gradual process. The government is building classrooms in places where they needed it most, construction of roads is going on in some other places and so on.

“It is so pathetic to hear that, in this century, people still walk from one village to another before they could get water. That’s why we’ve brought to you this project.”

In Ora, honourable AGF Salahudeen said that the water facility, to some extent, is capable of serving households in the community.

“This project will ensure that all residents get access to drinkable and clean water in their homes. It is when we have clean water that we will be healthy and free from diseases that accompany dirty water. Clean water is the foundation of a healthy society,” he added.

Executive members of Ifelodun Local Government inspecting one of the facilities.

He, however, commended the state government and urged the people of Omupo constituency to keep up with their support for the Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq-led Administration.

“Let’s be thankful to the state government for implementing various project in this constituency and initiating developmental projects across the state,” he concluded.

In his remark, the Baale of Ajibowo Village, Dr. Abdulraheem Garba expressed his satisfaction over what the government has done for them.

According to him, since the inception of democracy in Kwara State, Ajibowo community has never enjoyed any dividend of democracy no matter how little it is.

Hon. AGF Salahudeen and his entourage in Ora Village.

He said, “Ajibowo community, right from time, has always supported the government but none of the previous administrations has ever listened to our yearnings.

“It is only during election that they remember that we exist but we appreciate Honourable AGF Salahudeen and our gratitude goes to the state Governor for remembering us here.”

Similarly, the people of Abayan couldn’t conceal how delighted they felt for having the water facility in their community. They, therefore, gifted honourable AGF Salahudeen a goat as a way of showing their appreciation.

Alh. Femi Abdulrasheed Yusuf (L) and Hon. AGF Salahudeen at Abayan Village

Among the entourage of the lawmaker were the Vice-Chairman of Ifelodun LG, Princess Atoyebi Folashade Toyyibat; Chairman, Civil Service Commission, Alh. Femi Abdulraheed Yusuf; P.A to Honourable AGF, Hon. Taiwo Michael; Supervisor for Works, Mr Adeniyi Olatayo; Mr Ibikunle Dauda and Secretary of the Local Government, Mr Toyin Otolorin.

Others were Saheed Odeshile, the Director of the Youths, AGF Organisation; Alh. Zubair Rafiu, Fmr. Councillor of Moloko in Ifelodun LG; Mr. Zubair Ademola Raheem; Alh. Raheem Kareem, Fmr. Vice-Chairman of Omupo; and Feyisara Azeez.

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