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Oyo To Establish Mini Dams

Posted by By Gbenro Adesina /Ibadan on 2008/12/12 | Views: 1267 |

Oyo To Establish Mini Dams


Barely a month after the Oyo state government kicked-off the Independent Power Project (IPP), to provide electricity for the residents of the state, it has concluded plans toward establishing mini earth dams in different parts of the state, particularly in Ibadan, to ensure adequate water supply for both domestic and industrial consumers.

Barely a month after the Oyo state government kicked-off the Independent Power Project (IPP), to provide electricity for the residents of the state, it has concluded plans toward establishing mini earth dams in different parts of the state, particularly in Ibadan, to ensure adequate water supply for both domestic and industrial consumers.

Disclosing this at a press conference, the Commissioner for Commerce and Cooperatives, Dr. Kola Balogun, stated that the state government was desperate to provide basic amenities for the people.

Balogun also disclosed that all the projects embarked upon by the administration of governor Adebayo Alao-Akala would be completed before his exit, to avoid abandonment, while noting that the state government opted for mini dams because major dams of either single or double phase, would require much fund that the government may not be able to shoulder.

According to him, private/public partnership would be employed to achieve all the state’s projects, stressing that corporate outfits were essential tools for socio-economic drive in the society.

His words: “In essence, therefore, the act of governance remains incomplete without adequate integration of the corporate world into the process of administering the people. It is particularly more pronounced when it is also realised that government alone cannot single-handedly discharge effectively its socio-economic obligations to the people as it operates daily within the constraints of limited resources.”

The commissioner pointed out that it was the realisation of this incontrovertible fact that informed the position of government in its drive toward providing enabling environment for the existing industries to continue to thrive, while all efforts were in top gear to ensure the emergence of new ones. Balogun, however, noted that the state was ready to partner with private firms or individuals to develop the state.

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