There are growing concerns in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, over water scarcity. Amidst the difficulty, the multi-million naira Panseke-Onikolobo Water Supply Scheme meant to supply water to a section of the state capital is lying fallow. Our correspondent captures the state of the project as well as the plight of the underserved residents.
Tucked in between a road, a market and a motor park in the noisy Panseke area of Abeokuta, Ogun State, the multi-million naira Panseke-Onikolobo water supply scheme has no signpost to indicate the location, thereby making many, especially passers-by, oblivious of its existence. Yet, the project had existed for nearly ten years, without coming upstream.
The contract for the construction of the Panseke-Onikolobo water supply scheme in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of the State was awarded to a company for N383 million in December 2012 and as at 2013, N204 million had been paid to the contractor. It was awarded through the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA), as initiated by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole.