Jonathan com­mis­sions N18bn Abuja wa­ter treat­ment project

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ben Atonko

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan yes­ter­day com­mis­sioned phases three and four of the Lower Usuma Dam wa­ter treat­ment plant along Bwari Road in Abuja.

The two phases of the treat­ment plant were pro­duc­ing 10 mil­lion liters of wa­ter per hour. The new phases treat additional 20 mil­lion liters per hour (20,000m3/hr), thereby mak­ing it 30 mil­lion liters per hour. Messrs. Bi­wa­ter Nigeria Limited ex­e­cuted the con­tract at a re­vised cost of N18.09 bil­lion.

In his speech shortly be­fore cut­ting the tape, Jonathan said the project would cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties, de­scrib­ing it as a mile­stone for his ad­min­is­tra­tion in the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT). He promised to sup­port the FCT ad­min­is­tra­tion com­plete the on-go­ing trunks mains-con­veyance sys­tem and stor­age reser­voirs to the city as well as the pipe­line dis­tri­bu­tion net­work ser­vic­ing phases two and three of the city to fully retic­u­late wa­ter to the cap­i­tal city.

Jonathan ex­pressed the federal govern­ment’s com­mit­ted to the pro­vi­sion of wa­ter and other pub­lic util­i­ties in the en­tire coun­try.

“You can’t say Abuja is a mod­ern city if people sink their bore­holes and pro­vide their elec­tric­ity,” the pres­i­dent said. FCT Min­is­ter Bala Mo­hammed noted that with the two new phases, Usuman Dam now has a to­tal ca­pac­ity to treat 20 mil­lion liters per hour.

He said the con­tract was awarded in Au­gust 2005 but could not be com­pleted due to in­ad­e­quate fund­ing un­til Pres­i­dent Jonathan stepped in. The min­is­ter who said govern­ment is con­sid­er­ing ex­tend­ing wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion net­work to phases two and three of the city cov­er­ing districts like Gwar­inpa, Kafe, Katampe, Wuye, Jabi and Jahi main­tained that wa­ter scarcity in the federal cap­i­tal city and its en­vi­rons would be re­duced. Phases one and two of the project were com­pleted in 1987 and 2000 re­spec­tively.

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