Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed optimism that pipe borne water will begin to run in Umuahia urban by the end of September this year.
The Governor stated this while inspecting new equipment procured by the State government at the Ministry of Public Utilities and Water Resources in readiness for the pumping of water in the urban and semi-urban cities of the State.
He assured of his administration’s support to the Ministry of Public Utilities in realizing the dream of providing portable water to the citizenry of the State.
The Governor called on engineers of the Ministry to engage in capacity building that will ensure that the new equipment are maintained and directed his Chief of Staff, Dr. Anthony Agbazuere to station Civil Defence men in the premises of Public Utilities Ministry to protect the new installations.
Dr. Ikpeazu said he was also passionate about giving the rural populace clean water and urged the Commissioner for Public Utilities to intervene in that regard. He also charged the Commissioner to maintain the relationship with the funding agencies and assured that his government will continue to meet its counterpart funding obligations to continue to enjoy the expertise of the agencies.
Earlier while conducting the Governor round, the Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Engr. Emma Nwabuko stated that the State Government with the collaboration of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Bank are set to pump pipe borne water into the streets of Umuahia by the end of September.
The Commissioner noted the completion of four industrial wells which aid in pumping of water with a pump house, treatment plant, the installation of a 500kva generator set, two solar energy banks for 24 hours regular water supply.
He also disclosed that some buildings including commercial building and pump house amongst others have been rehabilitated. He further said that the Ministry will soon commence the pumping raw water so as to identify burst water pipes.
Engr. Nwabuko commended the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for his tremendous support to the Ministry.
Also speaking, the General Manager Abia Water Board, Engineer Ogbonna Chiemela, noted the importance of getting it right from the onset, stating that the Ministry has done a lot to prepare for the project so as to ensure sustainability.
Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
26th August 2020.