The Oyo State Government has by drilled about 58 boreholes in five communities across the state, as part of efforts to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The government disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr Kunle Yusuff, the Senior Special Assistant on SDGs to the Governor, in Ibadan on Wednesday.
At the inauguration of some of the projects at Egbeda Local Government on Wednesday, Gov. Seyi Makinde said that the programme would contribute positively to the socio-economic and political development of the state.
The governor, who was represented by Yusuff, said that the project was to alleviate the hardships facing members of the affected communities.
He expressed delight that the Oyo State SDGs Office had demonstrated a strong commitment to actualising the government’s plans to make the state a pacesetter in achieving global solutions.
He noted that the state government had developed a roadmap that would provide alternative solutions in efforts to achieve a green economy and save the environment.
The governor urged the beneficiaries to use the boreholes judiciously in order to achieve the set objectives of the government.
Besides, Makinde said that efforts to create jobs for the youth required an aggressive, strategic and efficient approach, which involved training of the youths.
He said that his administration had placed considerable premium on this approach, as it would help in achieving significant reduction of unemployment, while creating jobs and wealth.
Mr Sikiru Sanda, the Caretaker Chairman, Ajorosun Local Council Development Area, noted with delight the testimonies from residents who, he said, were glad about the nascent solutions to their water supply challenges.
Also, Chief Aso Isa, a community leader in one of the communities, appreciated Makinde for fulfilling his campaign promises, noting that the community had been suffering from the lack of potable water for almost 10 years.
Isa pledged that the community would constantly monitor and maintain the borehole in the neighbourhood.
The Oyo State Government also repaired boreholes at the Odogbo Army Barracks in Ibadan.