By Everest Samuel Ikechukwu
In what appears as a relief from the perennial water scarcity facing people in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), five refurbished 160m3 Kwali water-works have been commissioned to provide portable water supply for 3,000 households in the area.
The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, yesterday officially unveiled the water-works recently rehabilitated and upgraded by the Messrs CGC Nigeria Ltd, as part of its cooperate social responsibility to the Territory.
Bello, while addressing the residents at the occasion, expressed gratitude of his Administration to the Chinese firm for reviving the hitherto comatose water facility, to help ameliorate the plight of people in the area.
Stressing that the current FCT Administration has provided the enabling environment for the project, the minister commended CGC for responding positively to his appeals to companies doing business in the FCT, to take-up corporate social responsibility projects.
He therefore reiterated the commitment of FCT Administration to moving the momentum of infrastructural and social amenities delivery to FCT grassroots in the second half of his Administration, thereby improving the living conditions of greater number of residents.
While handing over the refurbished Kwali water-works to the Council Chairman, the Minister urged them to ensure proper maintenance of the waterworks and vigilance over the facilities to guide against vandals.
He noted that the most difficult and important factor remains the ability of the people to effectively manage the water projects, to avoid a repeat of what happened to them in the past.
Also speaking, the Managing Director, CGC Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Tony Ye Shuijin revealed that the rehabilitation and upgrading works executed by the company comprise two mini-water treatment plants, five boreholes, five tanks, 4400 meters of reticulation pipelines as well as 29 water fetching points.
He added that the power supply system has been changed from generating sets to two solar power panels, which he remarked are cheaper and more reliable.
He disclosed that the revived water projects can supply water to more than 3000 people (households) in the area.
He reiterated that the gesture was the company’s way of giving back to the people of FCT, pledging to continue doing so, in the interest of the development of the people and society.
Earlier in his remarks, the Coordinator, Satellite Town Development Department (STDD), the anchor agency for the project, Hon. Tanko Yamawo, recalled that the Kwali Waterworks was constructed in 1980 but eventually became defunct due to lack of effective maintenance by past administrations.
He explained that the intervention is one of the fruits of ongoing efforts by the Administration to move development to the Area Councils by ensuring massive construction of infrastructure and social amenities.
According to him, in the Abuja Master Plan there is no provision for water supply from the Usman Dam to the satellite towns, hence the need to rehabilitate and upgrade existing Water projects in Kwali.
Commending CGC for carrying out the rehabilitation of the Kwali water works for the good of the people, the STDD boss called on other contractors handling projects for the FCTA to also identify social infrastructure needing urgent attention.
On his part, Kwali Chairman, Joseph Again recalled that many years ago, during his first term in office, the sum of 27 Million Naira was expended on rehabilitation of the water supply scheme.
He noted that problem of water shortage in Kwali, is one of the most nightmarish issues facing people in the area.
He therefore described as lovable and laudable the intervention by the company, which according to him has really saved the people from hardship caused by dearth of potable water in the area.