2024 World Water Day: Oyo Govt Set to Revitalize Water Sources Across 33 LGAs

Oyo State Government is set to revitalize Water sources across all the nooks and crannies of the 33 Local Government Area of the state to improving the provision of potable water.

This was revealed by the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Architect Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, during the 2024 World Water Day celebration, held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament building, Secretariat, Ibadan,

The world Water Day was organized by the Ministry in collaboration with the Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) and UNICEF.

Speaking on the theme for the year “Water for Peace,” the Commissioner underscored the importance of access to clean and safe water for human life.

He explained the role that water plays in maintaining public health and preventing the spread of waterborne diseases, reassuring the public that the state government is committed to rehabilitating water sources across all regions of Oyo State, with a focus on ensuring equitable access to potable water.

Speaking during a paper presentation on the theme of the event, Dr. Ronald Anthony Isibor from Ajayi Crowther University highlighted the need for collaborative efforts to address water-related challenges and to promote water as a catalyst for peace and development.

He underscored the potential risks associated with water scarcity, including health issues, poverty, and conflicts between communities.

Earlier in her remarks, The State Head of Service, Mrs. Olubunmi Oni, represented by the P.S. Service Matters, Mr. Paul Oyekunle, commended the organizers for choosing a timely and relevant theme for the event.
He called for sustainable management of water resources by residents

“When we manage our water resources, we are taking care of them for our future. We need to conserve our water such that it will not harm the environment, “he said.

Similarly, the General Manager of RUWASSA, Mr Adeniyi Adeduntan, emphasized the importance of accessible water for supporting agriculture and maintaining sanitation standards.

Also speaking, UNICEF’s South West Field Officer, Mr. Johnson Monday, stressed the necessity of providing potable water as a fundamental service to protect vulnerable populations, especially children, from waterborne diseases. He emphasized that access to clean water is critical for promoting peace and prosperity within communities.

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