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Published On: Thu, Dec 19th, 2019

AMAC: Minister assures speedy completion Of N19Bn Karshi water project

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FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

By Stanley Onyekwere

Residents in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been reassured of the speedy completion of the N19 billion Karshi water project on record time to address the challenges of water supply in Karshi satellite town and environs.
Giving this assurance, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, also revealed that the project has advanced to 45 percent completion.
She expressed satisfaction with the level of work done, while assuring the contractor that the administration will pay the certificate generated.
The Minister, spoke when she was accompanied by the Director of Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) Engr. Felix Nwankwo, and other directors of various agencies and departments including AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, to tour of facilities in AMAC, on Monday in continuation of her tour of Area Councils.
Stressing that the construction of Coffer dam in Karshi will ease the supply of water to other satellite towns when completed, she noted there will be enough water for the satellite towns and will also generate employment and increase economic activities and other socio-economic activities.
According to her, the FCT Administration was determined to ensure that both the satellite towns and most of the new districts will have water.
“I am happy with the level of work done and I can assure you that the administration will ensure the speedy completion of the water project aim at addressing water challenges faced by residents of satellite towns.
“It is an ongoing project and based on presidential directive, we have a duty to make sure that we continue with projects already started.
“That is why we are trying our best to develop all the necessary budgetary provision National Assembly has already signed. We are trying to complete the project as soon as possible,” Aliyu stated.
Similarly, the Director of Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD), Engr. Felix Nwankwo, explained that water will be generated from the nearby stream in addition to rain water, adding that the move will curtain the flooding in some parts of Karshi.
According to him, “We have a very small stream, but because we are going to have rainfall, once we block it, we are going to retain water.
“ Last year we have so much flooding in Karshi, those water will no longer be seen when the dam is completed because all of them will be retained within the dam structure.”
On his, Candido, the AMAC Chairman, who received and hosted the Minister and her entourage, described the visit as the coming of a Messiah to the people of the council.
He therefore reiterated the commitment of his administration towards working harmoniously with the FCTA to ensure rapid and sustainable development of the council and Territory at large.
Our correspondent reports that the Minister and her entourage during the tour paid homage to all the graded chiefs in the council, also inspected Oronzo mini stadium, Karu abattoir, and some AMAC projects in Jiwa, Karu and Karshi respectively.

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