Ekiti State Water Supply and Sanitation Policy Stakeholders Consultative Forum PRESS RELEASEThe Administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti State considers access tosustainable and safe potable water supply and affordable hygienic sanitationsystem as one of its priorities and views them as essential means of improving thehealth and livelihood of the people and reducing poverty level of the citizens. Thewater and sanitation sector is also central to the growth and development ofother sectors of the economy as well as the achievement of the MillenniumDevelopment Goals (MDGs).When the administration took-off in October, 2010 the coverage of potable watersupply in Ekiti State was assessed to be only 40% while sanitation facilities were inpoor state. The water supply and sanitation sector in Ekiti State was equallyassessed to be faced with challenges of poor institutional arrangement,inadequate funding and weak technical capacity with managerial ineptitude andpoor service delivery. The administration concluded that the model that had beenin existence since the creation of the state neither followed the best practiceprinciple nor ensures sustainable service delivery. Similarly, interaction of theadministration with Development Partners also came to the same conclusion thatthere should be an enduring master plan which shall be a guiding principle for thedevelopment of the sector.The government is taking two parallel but concurrent approaches to address thechallenges, thus;
Approach 1: Improvement of existing potable water schemes output andconstruction of new schemes across the State.Approach 2: To develop permanent and sustainable master plan withimplementation guidelines for the State.Some of the actions taken to address the first approach are; 1 Procurement and installation of a 2500 KVA power generating plant and repair of 2nos. Low Lift Pumps of Ero River Water Supply Scheme. 2 Installation of additional pumps at Ado Water Supply Scheme including laying of 4.5km dedicated rising main (steel pipeline) to the Mary Hill Reservoir. The Government also in counterpart collaborative effort supported MDG in the laying of additional pipes to improve pipe distribution network in Ado and construction of new water schemes at Ogotun, Ipole-Iloro, Erinjinyan, Okemesi and Ido- Ile. 3 Similarly, the Government in partnership with European Union is constructing water schemes in eleven small towns of the state which include; Orin, Erio, Ipao, Ipole-Iloro and Erinjinyan. 4 The Guinness-donated water supply scheme in Ise-Ekiti has been completed and commissioned. 5 In realisation of the potential of communities in water supply management, the Government is taking pro-active measures to rehabilitate all borehole schemes of the state and empower Community Association to take over, operate and maintain the schemes. This approach is already yielding dividend in towns like; Ilumoba, Emure, etc. 6 Also the European Union (EU) has listed Ekiti as one of the three states in their next round of Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP III). They have already formulated the programme of intervention.
In further demonstration of the administration’s commitment to laying solidfoundation for the water supply and sanitation sector in the State, Governmentengaged the services of Messrs Rodeson Investment Company Limited tofacilitate development of the Water Supply and Sanitation Policy, the Law and thePolicy Implementation Guidelines.Through a participatory process the Government has developed a policy proposalfor water supply and sanitation for Ekiti State. This proposed policy is now set forall Stakeholders’ consultative forum with a view to subjecting the proposed policyto a wider public input and develop an acceptable people oriented policy forwater supply and sanitation service delivery for the State which will serve as themaster plan to development in the sector.The objectives of the stakeholders’ consultative forum among other are: i. To seek wider consultation with all water supply and sanitation stakeholders in the State ii. To use the forum as a town hall meeting for dissemination of information to the general public on government’s efforts at improving water supply and sanitation service delivery in the State iii. To serve as a forum for attracting the attention and support of the Federal Government and Development Partners in improving water supply and sanitation service delivery in the State iv. To develop a people oriented water supply and sanitation policy through a participatory approach as the hallmark of democracy and good governance promoted by this administration.
Participants expected at the forum include, top government functionaries, theNational Planning Commission, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources,Development Partners such as EU, UNICEF, World Bank, UNDP, WaterAid, etc,Non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, LGAs, theprivate sector, the press and the Rodeson Group. The forum will be declaredopened by the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.The two day forum will hold as follows:Date: 22nd – 23rd March 2012Venue: Catholic Pastoral Centre, Ikere Road, Ado-EkitiThe date for this great event coincides with the World Water Day – 23rd Marchdeclared by the United Nations. It is therefore an occasion to show case to theworld, the efforts of Ekiti State Government in improving water supply andsanitation service delivery. The opening ceremony which will celebrate the WorldWater Day will commence by 10.00am on Thursday 22nd March 2012.The Press is hereby through this medium invited to attend this august event andgive it the widest publicity it deserves.We look forward to seeing you at the event.SignedKayode JegedeSpecial Adviser to Mr. Governor onInfrastructure and Public Utilities