BY Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA — ANAMBRA State government plans to execute the greater Nnewi water scheme estimated to gulp about N7 billion.
Commissioner for Public Utilities, Water Resources and Rural Development, Mr. Emeka Nwankwu, explained during a tour of water and electricity projects in the industrial town that the scheme would come up in the next phase of water project execution for the area.
He said when completed, it would be possible for all communities in Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo to have regular water supply.
He also disclosed that the state government had completed the semi-urban water scheme for Nnewi at the cost N55 million, adding that the project was executed through direct labour.
Nwankwu said that reticulation of water to various households in the area had begun, following the completion of the pipe-laying process that covered six kilometers radius from the pumping station.
He also explained that his Ministry had distributed 90 transformers to needy communities in line with the state government’s Integrated Development Strategy, ANIDS, while 200 other requests were being considered.
According to him, the state government has also invested N300 million on rural electrification this year.
The commissioner noted that with the efforts in that sector, economic activities in many parts of the state would pick up soon.
He said in order to ensure the sustenance of the projects, local consumers’ associations were being formed to ensure that benefiting communities take possession and maintenance of projects located in their areas.