By Vincent Ujumadu
TWO water projects being executed by Anambra State government at Nibo in Awka South local government area and Agulu in Anaocha local government area of the state are to become functional in April this year, Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Supply, Mr. Emeka Nwankwu, has said,
The two water projects are among the 11 of similar projects whichcontracts were recently awarded by the state government, as part of the resolve to provide potable water to the people of the state.
Nwankwu, who spoke during a tour of some ongoing water projects in the state, said it was part of the state government’s efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.
He explained that since the introduction of borehole cameras by the state government, incidents of shoddy jobs and manipulation by contractors had been greatly reduced, adding that under the new policy, all boreholes were investigated before payment is made.
Some of the projects visited include the Umuanum water scheme which has a reservoir and a distribution capacity of 400 cubic metres..
According to him, the state government decided to rehabilitate existing water schemes which had been abandoned for years by previous regimes, adding that where problems were identified, they would be corrected and variations made where necessary.
At the Agulu Aguiyi water scheme which is expected to supply water to the neighbouring communities of Adazi, Adazi Nnukwu, Obeledu and Akwaeze, Nwankwu said that additional two boreholes were being put in place to cope with the increasing demand.
The benefitting communities commended the state government for the gesture, noting that water was one of the greatest problems they had faced over the years.
In a commendation letter to Governor Peter Obi, the people of Nibo said: “We note with satisfaction the award of the Nibo water scheme, which would go a long way to solve the problem of water which our town has faced since creation.
“In a country where some governors would make so much noise while awarding contracts, Governor Obi has done over 70% of the work on the project without attracting any attention. This is highly commendable and a lesson for our leaders that see anything they do from the political point they hope to make out of it.”
They also commended the state government for road projects executed in the area, as well the rehabilitation and equipping of secondary schools in al parts of the state.