Kwara govt deploys security agents, vigilantes to curb sabotage of water facilities

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Kwara State Government has raised the alarm that some suspected hoodlums and economic saboteurs have vandalised some Waterworks facilities in the state.

Expressing his dismay on the dastardly act at Asa Dam Water Works in Ilorin, the state capital, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Agbaje Wahab Femi, stated that Agba Dam, Malete and Share Water Works have been seriously attacked by persons suspected to be saboteurs who may want to frustrate the consistent supply of water to residents of the state.

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The Commissioner emphasised that at Agba Dam, cables were vandalised, while pipes were vandalised at Malete, and cables were equally vandalised and carted away at Share.

Alhaji Agbaje stressed that the activities of the suspected hoodlums are meant to sabotage the state government’s effort at ensuring provision of potable water supply to the people at the grassroots across the state.

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Agbaje, who expressed his displeasure, said the state government has taken drastic measures by contacting the security agents in the state, including the police, Civil Defense Corps, State Security Services, and Local Vigilantee Groups to curb further damage to the various Water Works facilities across the state.

He reiterated that the state government has also enjoined the security agents to investigate the sabotage with a view to bring the perpetuators to book.

In a related development, the General Manager of the Kwara State Water Corporation, Engineer Shehu Umar, has said that the activities of the fish farmers at Asa Dam, are responsible for the low level of potable water supply to Ilorin Metropolis, adding that the effluence generated from their activities accounts for why government used up to 90 percent monthly supply of alum at Asa dam water works.

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