Imo Okays N49.9m to Rehabilitate Otamiri Water Plant

The sum of N49.9 million has been approved by the Imo State government for the rehabilitation of the Otamiri Water scheme in Owerri, the state capital.

This followed the state of emergency declared on Thursday on infrastructure in the state by the Imo State Executive Council.

Deputy Governor of the Imo State, Mr Gerald Irona, who presided over the executive council meeting, assured stakeholders that the state government led by Mr Emeka Ihedioha, will monitor the rehabilitation process, with a view to ensuring that it is done according to specifications.

He explained that the project will be executed through direct labour, while the approved funds shall be released in tranches.

The Deputy Governor reiterated the resolve of the administration to tackle the decay in infrastructure in the state.

It was gathered that the project was approved following a recommendation by the management of Imo Water Corporation.

The Executive Council also considered reports on the state of infrastructure in Imo, necessitating the resolve to declare a state of emergency on Infrastructure in the state.

Among the areas considered for immediate intervention are: the poor state of roads in the state, the flooding challenge, particularly, within the state capital, among others.

Some of the roads considered for immediate attention include: the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede-Ihiagwa-Obinze road, Assumpta- Control Post axis, Mgbidi-Oguta road, MCC-Toronto junction, Aba Bridge-Mbaise road, among others.

The executive council also directed relevant authorities to produce the architectural designs of the tunnels constructed by the immediate past administration, the Orji flyover (which are in very bad shape, with possibility of collapsing) as well as details of all civil works procurement by the immediate past administration in the state.

The council further resolved that the procurement process for all the award of the identified roads commences immediately.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via

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