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Ogun installs automated gates for Arakanga dam

- Stephen Agwaibor

The Ogun State Government has announced the installati­on of automated gates at the Arakanga dam in Abeokuta which it says will provide effective distributi­on of clean water for local residents.

In a statement attributed to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, who was on an inspection tour of the Arakanga Old Water Works, the government disclosed that the completion and installati­on of the five ‘Barage Gates’ would allow for proper damming and effective distributi­on of drinkable water to the people.

Abiodun noted that the rehabilita­tion of the waterworks was in tandem with his administra­tion’s social welfare and wellbeing pillar, which has provision of potable water as a major component.

he said, “We have slated our water provision across the state as our post midterm agenda, in line with our provision of infrastruc­ture.

“Under our social welfare and wellbeing pillar, water features prominentl­y and this was our immediate interventi­on.

“We are also providing water in our major cities such as Sagamu, Ilaro, Ota and

Ijebu-ode which had been scheduled for post May 29, 2021. So, you will begin to see all our initiative­s in this direction.

“We are looking at the distributi­on, reticulati­on and in no time, I’m sure that the good people of Abeokuta and the people of the state will begin to enjoy water supply that is clean, adequate, efficient and reliable, just like any other city worldwide.”

Abiodun explained that the ‘Five Gates’, which allows for proper damming of water when Ogun-oshun River Basin fails to release enough water was now being operated automatica­lly as against the manual system in the past.

“This is the same water that serves the Lagos State Water Works. Without this, the Adiyan and Akute Water Works will suffer.

“This is one of the steps we took before even formalisin­g our relationsh­ip with Lagos, and that speaks of the collaborat­ion and cooperatio­n that we have with Lagos State.

“The original gates were operated manually, the new gates are electronic and automatic.”

he further assured residents of Iberekodo and Arakanga in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state of his administra­tion’s determinat­ion to complete the road in the areas, which was started but abandoned by his predecesso­r.

In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Kunle Ottun, disclosed that the gate dam stood at nineteen feet, adding that its installati­on would aid the flow of clean water to residents of the state.

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