By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has reassured the residents of its commitment to improving water supply in the territory through efficient harnessing of water resources.
FCT Permanent Secretary, Chinyeaka Ohaa, said the administration was ensuring that the lower Usuman dam water treatment remains the largest water treatment plant in Abuja and beyond.
He disclosed this yesterday, at the opening of 25th regular meeting of national council on water resources in Abuja, with the theme: ‘Increased investment for accelerated coverage of water supply and sanitation in Nigeria’.
Ohaa opined that FCTA had trained its personnel that would be working on all the dams for effective harnessing of water resources across the capital.
He said the investment of the administration in water schemes had put FCT’s pipe borne water as the best in West Africa.
The permanent secretary revealed that the current leadership of FCT undertook the completion of a 1.2 MW solar power project in partnership with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
He explained that the first phase of non revenue water project is aimed at ensuring proper tracking and detection of illegal connection in the water pipelines.
According to him, the administration was working to execute the greater Abuja water supply project through a facility from the EXIM Bank of China, which is designed to extend water supply to unreached loops in the capital involving over 8000 kilometres of pipe network upon completion.
“This arrangement will raise the level of water supply in the territory by 50 percent, we are also collaborating with the office of the senior special assistant to Mr. President on Research towards the completion of the Abaji rural water supply”
Earlier in his remarks, the General Manager of FCT Water Board, Engr. Aliyu Nahuche, revealed that since 2016 when the FCT Administration co-hosted the 23rd Regular Council meeting, the water sector in the territory has witnessed tremendous and remarkable achievements.
“The FCT Administration has invested tremendously into the water supply system of Abuja, as the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of our 30, 000m3/hrs combined capacity treatment plants has improved our water production capacity, supply coverage has increased to some unreserved areas.
“Through the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) our Non Revenue Water (NRW) has reduced and we are now extending the knowledge to other areas,” Nahuche affirmed.
The FCT Water boss also stated that the revenue collection of the Water Board has increased geometrically, as the Board has recorded a monthly revenue of over N100 million, adding that the Abuja comprehensive water project for the Abaji Area Council has reached 98 percent completion.
Speaking on the challenges of water supply and distribution, Nahuche tasked council members to look into increase investments to accelerate the coverage of water supply and sanitation to the growing population of Nigeria, noting that while population is increasing, water infrastructure is deteriorating.
According to him, “there is no gain saying, some states are fairly doing well, while some states are not. This gathering should also look into how we can have a seamless success across all states of the federation.”
He, therefore, thanked the FCT Minister and his Water Resources counterpart for their commitment and unrivalled support.