Ogun clears N155m debt owed PHCN

Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The state government said it is making efforts to improve water supply.

The Ogun State Government said it has cleared a N155 million debt owed the Power Holding Company of Nigeria by the State Water Corporation under the last administration.

The General Manager of the Ogun State Water Corporation, Monsurat Agboola, who disclosed this, said the step was in furtherance of the state government’s commitment towards ensuring that potable water is in adequate supply throughout the state.

Ms. Agboola, while speaking in her office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, said on assumption of office, the governor realised that the huge debt could paralyse activities at major booster stations of the Corporation across the State and so he took the decision to offset it.

“The present administration met this huge debt of electricity bill but as at today, it has been cleared because once the issue of power is resolved, the production of water becomes easier,” she said.

The water corporation boss said government has also gone ahead to procure, for the Corporation, large quantity of water treatment chemicals, enough to last till the end of the year.

Mrs. Agboola said the state government has provided truck-loads of diesel for generating sets in areas where there is no electricity supply, adding that these efforts are all geared towards meeting the water needs of the people of the state. She said the government is also carrying out regular maintenance of water-pipes and reservoirs to reduce “unaccounted water”.

The water corporation boss said the on-going developmental efforts of the state government, which includes road construction across the state, has seen some pipelines being uprooted, and that government has already set in motion processes for relaying pipes in affected areas.

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