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Oyo approves N800m counterpart funding for water supply

The Oyo State Government has approved the payment of N800million counterpart funding as contribution to the Oyo State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency.

Governor Seyi Makinde has also approved an online screening for pensioners who are in diaspora and unable to be physically present at the ongoing screening exercise in the State.

This is as the government also said it has forwarded a Bill to the State House of Assembly on restructuring the State Fire Agency, by changing it from being a unit under the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure to becoming a full-fledged Agency under the Governor’s Office.

The decisions form part of the resolutions reached at the 21st State Executive Council Meeting which held at the Agodi Government House, Ibadan the State capital.

Briefing the Press after the meeting, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, said the decisions were reached after thorough discussions and deliberations among the Council members.

Olatunbosun was accompanied by his counterparts: Adeniyi Farinto (Budget and Economic Planning), Seun Fakorede (Youth and Sports), Seun Ashamu (Energy) and the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa.

While speaking on the counterpart fund, Fakorede said, “After consideration and deliberation by the Exco, the Government approved N800million as counterpart funding and contribution to the Oyo State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency. The counterpart funding is meant to attract a total of N2, 967, 700,000 from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.

“This fund is required to provide for implementation of partnership for expanded water supply, sanitation and hygiene in 20 out of the 33 Local Government areas of the State, as contained in the Oyo State Investment Plan and submitted to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources,” he stated.

Fire Service Agency Law

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Energy, Seun Ashamu, said, “The Council considered and approved a Bill to be forwarded to the State Assembly which repeals the erstwhile Oyo State Fire Services Law and to replace it with an Oyo State Fire Services Agency Law.”

He explained that the action, which would make the Ministry a full-fledged Agency under the Office of the Governor to deal with all fire issues in the State, became necessary because of some of the incidences of fire that the State had witnessed in recent times, noting that the Agency would, in essence, coordinate the activities of fire authorities across the State.

Online screening of pensioners

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, while explaining the rationale behind the online screening, said pressure had been on the government to consider the pensioners who are locked down outside the country in the wake of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

“The Council also approved the screening of pensioners who are outside the country and could not get back to the country for the physical screening. The Governor who is the Chairman of the Council has instructed the Consultant to screen those pensioners online through video call,” Olatunbosun said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria