BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA – AFTER about 10 years of acute scarcity of water in the capital city of Awka , taps have begun to flow again, thus bringing joy to the inhabitants of the city.
Governor Peter Obi who commissioned the water scheme at the high brow Udoka Housing Estate executed at a cost of N60 million, said water revolution was in the offing as more schemes were already nearing completion in many parts of the state.
The state government is spending about N3 billion to execute water projects in the state, most of which are billed to be commissioned in the next two months.
Commissioner for public utilities, water resources and community development, Mr. Emeka Nwankwu, whose ministry has been working round the clock to ensure the completion of the projects, said 17 water schemes being executed by the Obi administration in collaboration with international donor agencies namely, the European Union, EU, UNICEF and the federal government, would soon be ready.
According to Nwankwu, Anambra State government was committed to ensuring the early realization of the state’s vision of achieving the Millennium Development Goals MDGs, target of 2015 in the water supply sector, adding that the state water corporation has been sensitizing people on the need to reticulate water into their homes and pay the required tariffs to ensure the sustenance of the schemes.
He said: ”There is no doubt that the commissioning of this scheme will bring to an end the over ten years problem of acute water shortage to Udoka Housing Estate and environs and also ensure that the state water corporation will once again resume effective and functional service delivery.”
The commissioner for budget and planning, Professor Chinyere Okunna, who is also chairman of the state MDG implementation committee, charged the beneficiaries of the water scheme to take full ownership of the project, adding that making water to flow again in the state was a clear indication of the state governor’s love for the people.