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Obiano commissions Otuocha, Obizi water schemes

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Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has commissioned the newly completed Otuocha Regional Water Supply Scheme and Obizi-Uga Regional Water Scheme.

   Contract for construction of the two water schemes were awarded in January when Gov. Obiano assured that the facilities will be functional in April.

The project which was executed by Anambra State government in partnership with European Union (EU) will source water from Omambala River, with capacity to treat 10 million litres of water daily.

While Otuocha Water Scheme will serve Aguleri, Umueri and Umu-Oba Anam in Anambra East Local Government Area, Obizi-Uga Scheme with 40-kilometre span eight overhead tanks will supply water to 14 communities in Aguata Local Government Area, by making 7,000 cubic metres of water per hour available to the towns.

The beneficiary communities are Ekwulobia, Igboukwu, Uga and Isuofia among others.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Otuocha water scheme, Gov. Obiano explained that the target of the facility is to take water to all parts of the area.

Therefore, the governor called on the people to reciprocate government’s commitment to provision of portable water by taking full ownership of the project.

According to Gov. Obiano, a facility manager has been appointed for maintenance and services, stating that individuals building new houses and have interest in connecting water to their homes should do so, but with the permission of the Ministry of Public Utilities and Water Resources. This, he stated, is being put in place order to protect the project.

Earlier in his remarks, Anambra State Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Emeka Ezenwanne described the project as historic. He added that the scheme will pump water from Omambala River into the water tank in Otuocha for reticulation.

According to him, the time for delivering the project is not only apt as the world is battling with the COVID-19 pandemic but also historic in the annals of the beneficiary communities.

Similarly, speaking during the inauguration of the resuscitated and expanded Obizi-Uga Water Scheme, Gov. Obiano reminded the host communities that the facility has remained moribund for years.

Therefore, the governor urged ndi Anambra to protect government facilities in their communities as their contribution to the dividends of good governance that the people are expecting. He further noted that this is the only way his administration would be able to provide similar project to additional 20 communities in Aguata L.G.A.

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