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Osun Tackles Water-Borne Diseases With Ceramic Water Filters

Posted: Mar 27, 2016 at 9:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo
Osun State Government has hinted of its plan to produce ceramic water filters to stem the tide of water borne-diseases in the state.
Dr. Charles Akinola, Director General, Office of Economic Development and Partnership (OEDP), dropped the hint during an inspection tour of facilities at the Atamora Ceramic Water Filter Factory at Atamora via Ikire.
Accomapnied by Mr. Kunle Ige, former Senior Special Adviser to

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Governor on Water Resources and Rural Development, and others, Akinola said that efforts were being made to use potters to produce water filters.

Christened Amu Osun, the ceramic water filter project which he said began three years ago was an initiative of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola-led government adding that it is set for formal launch.
Ceramic water filter is a globally-acknowledged effective innovative technology that filters dirt and bacteria from impure water and makes potable water available for use.
Akinola stated that through the project, the state would be leading the way in deploying indigenous technology to combat the ravaging tide of water-borne diseases, which is known to be the cause of over 60 per cent of illnesses and diseases in the sub-Saharan region.
He assured that with the level of readiness seen at the factory during the tour and the certification of the effectiveness of the filter, it would soon be rolled out.
Akinola also disclosed that the project which had enjoyed grant from the American Embassy and the goodwill of Professors Richard Wukich, the renowned American ceramists.
He said that the state was on the verge of brokering partnerships with the Rotary International and three American universities on the project.
According to him, the partnerships would cover training for women and youth as well as provide ceramic training and research centres to develop the pottery potentials of the state and the country in general.
Mr. Ibukunoluwa Ayoola, curator of the project and the master potter, Atamora Pottery, said with the government’s support, the initiative would not only fight water born-diseases among rural dwellers but also reduce unemployment significantly in the nation.
“Our aim is to turn the Atamora village to a resource centre where students all over the world would come to train,” Ayoola said.
Ayoola, the accountant turned potter, who frowned at the lack of equipment to train students in higher institutions, observed that over 450,000 students were graduating in ceramics every year without impact.
He said the initiative would reduce unemployment in the country, adding that his aim was to turn the village to a resource centre where students all over the world would come to train.
He encouraged students with potentials and interest in pottery to extend their learning beyond classrooms and visit Atamora village for practical in ceramics.