Nigerian Government commissions water project in Bayelsa

Na’ankwat Dariem

Nigerian government has commissioned a ‘Water Supply Project’ in Central Ogbia Otueke, Bayelsa state Southern Nigeria.

The Water Supply Project was started by the previous administration and now completed in line with the agenda of the present administration to complete on-going projects.

The Nigerian Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu who stated this while commissioning the project also said 13 communities, including Otuoke, would benefit from the project.

Mr Adamu reiterated the government’s commitment to complete all previously abandoned water projects to improve livelihood.

He noted that adequate water supply for human and livestock production was a crucial aspect of socioeconomic development, saying its availability is a first step towards wellbeing.

Adamu also explained that the recently launched roadmap on water resources called for immediate and long term strategies for effective and efficient delivery of water services to the people.

” The project we are inaugurating today is among the high priority projects for water supply. This project commissioning therefore further demonstrates that the Buhari Administration is committed to completing all viable projects that have positive impact on the lives of our people, without any political sentiments.” He explained.

Adamu stated that the objective of providing access to potable water to the people in the 13 communities has been achieved.

He called on the host communities (Otuoke) to take ownership of the water project by maintaining it properly to reduce incidences of water borne diseases.

While responding the Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, Mr Serena Dokubo, commended the government for the laudable project, saying more was needed in other communities.

He pledged that the state would continue to increase efforts that would benefit its people, towards reducing death rate especially in children.

The Senator representing Bayelsa East Constituency, Mr Ben Murray-Bruce, said lives were saved every time a water project is inaugurated.

“A lot of children die from consumption of unclean water, a lot fall sick, you have to spend more to take them to the hospital to get cured,” he said.

He expressed optimism that the project would be maintained and kept to universal access to potable water standard.