The Cross River State Government has signed a pact with a United Kingdom firm, Lilleker Brothers, for the execution of a N3.726 billion World Bank Assisted Second National Urban Water Sector Reform Project for Ikom water supply scheme.
Speaking at the signing ceremony for the 500 cubic meters water scheme in Calabar, the state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Efiok Cobham, expressed delight at the project and urged the contractor to deliver on specification, bearing in mind the need for global quality and timeliness.
The governor, who stressed the critical role of water in the life of individuals which necessitated the pursuit of the project, said that upon completion, in addition to other intervention projects, 80 percent of the people of the state will have access to potable water supply that will immensely improve their living conditions.
He said: “Without access to potable water supply, there is no way we can meet the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs. The state will not relent in ensuring that the MDGs are met in the state.”