86 communities benefit from N12.5b water project in Cross River

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IKOM – Some 86 communities State have benefitted the N12.5 billion supply project sponsored by the state with the World and First (Nigeria) Plc.

Mr Godwin Akwagiobe, the state Project Engineer, stated this an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the weekend Ikom.

Akwagiobe said the included 16 communities in Okpoma, Yala; 20 in Obubra, 14 in Itigidi Phase II; 12 in Obubra, 13 in Ogoja,  nine in Ikom,  in Ikom Phase II, and one in Itigidi Phase I.

He said the First funded the Ikom phase I and the Itigidi Emergency Rehabilitation with N900 million, adding production and distribution systems for Ikom and Itigidi Phase I cost N5.4 billion.

He also said the World -sponsored Obudu and Ikom Phase II water projects cost $15.3 million (about N2.5 billion), while the Ikom Phase II gulped $23.4 million (about N3.7 billion).

He said most of the projects were already serving of the affected communities, adding the few ongoing ones would soon be completed.

Akwagiobe said that most of the benefiting communities had potable water for several years, noting that the intervention had alleviated their suffering.

“Before now, the people were drinking unsafe water 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 had spent so much to attract.

Some communities had already taken delivery of the completed projects included Itigidi, Ikom, Ogoja and Obudu.

Mrs Martina Odey, a civil servant in Ogoja said, “This is a wonderful project for us. For years we have stayed without water and our people fetched bore holes and sources.

“We thank Gov. Liyel Imoke for this gesture. This will help us a lot. Water was our main problem,’’ she said. (NAN)