By Dipo Olowookere
The Edo State government has finally received the completed Northern Esan Water Project, in Ugboha, Esan South East Local government area of the state from Federal Government.
Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, led a high-powered delegation of FG to Edo State to officially handover the project to Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The project, estimated to have cost N3.85 billion, was started in 1997 by the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), which was then led by current President, Mr Muhammadu Buhari, under the regime of late Military Head of State, Mr Sani Abacha.
The water plant is expected to generate two million gallons or nine million liters of water per day.
“We have finished our intervention programme and we are here today to hand over the project to the Edo State Government led by Governor Godwin Obaseki,” Mr Suleiman.
The Minister expressed satisfaction and confidence in the quality of job done and hoped that the agencies in charge of the scheme would do a good job to ensure its sustainability.
In his remarks, Mr Obaseki expressed gratitude to the President Buhari-led administration for the uncommon gesture to the people of the state and Esan land, in particular.
He explained that access to potable water was a major challenge in Esan land and thanked the President for coming to the aid of the people, promising that his administration will do all it can to ensure the project benefits the people.
“I want to assure you that as a progressive government, we align with the water policies of the Federal Government. We have been following your policy guideline to strengthen water reforms in Edo State,” the Governor said.
Mr Obaseki disclosed that a bill to set up small town and rural water projects in the state has been passed by the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA), noting that the state government has trained communities to set up their own water associations.
He added that his administration is restructuring its urban water board.
“I want to assure you that this scheme will be sustained. This is part of our plan to ensure water in all parts of Esan land,” he said.
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