IKOM – Some 86 communities in Cross River State have benefitted from the N12.5 billion water supply project sponsored by the state government in collaboration with the World Bank and First Bank (Nigeria) Plc.
Akwagiobe said the beneficiaries included 16 communities in Okpoma, Yala; 20 in Obubra, 14 in Itigidi Phase II; 12 in Obubra, 13 in Ogoja, nine in Ikom, two in Ikom Phase II, and one in Itigidi Phase I.
He said that the First Bank funded the Ikom phase I and the Itigidi Emergency Rehabilitation with N900 million, adding that water production and distribution systems for Ikom and Itigidi Phase I cost N5.4 billion.
Akwagiobe said that most of the benefiting communities had no potable water for several years, noting that the intervention had alleviated their suffering.
“Before now, the people were drinking unsafe water from ponds, rivers, lakes and wells,’’ he said.
He appealed to the affected communities to own, maintain and protect the various water schemes which the state government had spent so much to attract.
Some communities had already taken delivery of the completed projects included Itigidi, Ikom, Ogoja and Obudu.
“We thank Gov. Liyel Imoke for this gesture. This will help us a lot. Water was our main problem,’’ she said. (NAN)