Ikom Wa­ter Project: Cross River, UK firm sign N3.7b agree­ment

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

A UK firm, Lilleker Broth­ers and the Cross River State Govern­ment, re­cently, signed an agree­ment for the ex­e­cu­tion of over N3.7 bil­lion in re­spect of World Bank As­sisted Sec­ond Na­tional Ur­ban Wa­ter Sec­tor Re­form Project for Ikom wa­ter sup­ply scheme.

Gover­nor Liyel Imoke who spoke at the sign­ing cer­e­mony for the 500 cu­bic me­ters wa­ter scheme in Cal­abar ex­pressed de­light at the project.

Rep­re­sented by his Deputy, Mr. Efiok Cob­ham, Imoke urged the con­trac­tor to deliver on spec­i­fi­ca­tion, bear­ing in mind the need for global qual­ity and time­li­ness.

He stressed the crit­i­cal role of wa­ter in the life of in­di­vid­u­als, say­ing that upon com­ple­tion of on­go­ing wa­ter projects, 80 per­cent of the people of the state will have ac­cess to potable wa­ter sup­ply that will im­mensely im­prove their liv­ing con­di­tions.

Com­mis­sioner for Wa­ter Re­sources En­gi­neer Elemi Etowa dis­closed that 12 global com­pa­nies bided for the job and that Lilleker Broth­ers was cho­sen as a pre­ferred bid­der af­ter a trans­par­ent process.

He added that the scheme was one of the largest to be ex­e­cuted in the state.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the project would not only ben­e­fit Ikom but other ad­join­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Lilleker Broth­ers, Nig. Ltd, En­gi­neer Trevor Ral­ton, thanked the govern­ment for the con­fi­dence re­posed in the com­pany and promised to deliver on spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

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