Governor Umahi Returns Water To Dry Taps In Ebonyi (See Photos)



MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES- ACHIEVEMENTS FROM MAY
29TH, 2016 TO DATE.
1. BACKGROUND:
The Ebonyi State Ministry of Water Resources was created
shortly after the inauguration of the administration of His
Excellency, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, in 2015.
Prior to its creation, the Ministry was only a parastatal,
known then as the Ebonyi State Water Corporation and was
under the Ministry of Public Utilities. It was the need to
bolster its operation to address the water needs of the State
that necessitated its creation hence the Ministry's multi-
faceted drive to achieve its objectives under its current
Commissioner, Hon. Mrs. Euphemia Nwali.
The Water Resources Ministry unlike other Ministries, is
characteristically very challenging. This is why the current
administration should be commended for its efforts in giving
it the needed priorities it requires to thrive successfully. It is
strongly believed that if the current tempo is sustained in
the activities of the Ministry, within a short-while the
problem of scarcity and robust distribution of water in the
State would have been overcome.
2. ACHIEVEMENTS
I. WATER PIPELINE RETICULATION:
The water pipelines in the Abakaliki Capital City were laid
over 30 years ago. These pipes are either asbestos(AC) or
galvanized iron(GI) pipes. They have all outlived their
lifespans, resulting in frequent pipe bursts whenever water
is introduced in them. On assumption of office in May 29,
2015, the present Administration thought it wise and
embarked on total replacement of all these outdated water
pipelines, with High Density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes,
which is the latest technology in water pipes production. This
exercise was not just restricted to replacing the outdated
pipelines; areas that hitherto had no water pipelines have
also been covered to further make potable water reachable
to the people . Over 40 Streets, covering a total distance of
29.8 Kilometers, have so far been laid with new water
pipelines.
SOME OF THE STREETS AND AREAS WHICH HAVE BEEN
COVERED IN THIS EXERCISE FROM MAY 2016 TO DATE
INCLUDE:
FETHA 1, Police Headquarters, Government House, Prisons
Line, Udensi Junior Quarters, Ebonyi Voice, Otozie,
Ukanwoke, Augustine Eze, Eze Ugwu-Achara road, Mbam
Agbo, Ngozi Obichukwu, Nwofia, Nwambara road, Ohatekwe
road, Oti, Akaeze, Nwankwo, Mbanefo, Ezeke-Ikwo, Nwodo,
Amagu, St. Margret Umahi, Offia Nwali, Adol Awam, Nise,
Liberation Estate, Itapa Azobu and the Anglican church
headquarters, Abakaliki, just to mention a few. Massive pipe
laying works are still on-going in many streets in the Capital
City.
II. CONSTRUCTION OF WATER TREATMENT PLANT AT
ISHIAGU:
The Ishiagu Community and indeed entire Ivo Local
Government Area, have no existing Water Treatment Plant.
Consequent to this development, the people of this
Community are subjected to an untold hardship sourcing for
water for their daily needs. It is for this reason, the
Administration of Engr. David Nweze Umahi, being a
visionary and people oriented leader; in 2016, embarked on
the construction of a Water Treatment Plant at Ishiagu. This
water treatment plant when completed will have a
production capacity of 16,000 Cubic Meter per day and will
put to an end the sufferings of the Ishiagu people in respect
of water needs. Work in this project is currently in progress
and have reached over 30 percent completion and His
excellency is bent on sustaining the tempo of work till its
completion.
III. REHABILITATION OF EZILLO, OLD ABAKALIKI AND UBURU
WATER SCHEMES; INCLUDING THE OVERHAULING OF
EXISTING BOOSTERS STATIONS, ETC.:
The Ezillo Regional Water Scheme is presently operating
below 20 percent of its installed capacity. Realizing the
importance of Ezillo Water Treatment Plant to the water
needs of the residence of Abakaliki Capital City, the
Administration of Engr. David Nweze Umahi, in collaboration
with Sustainable Development Goal's (SDG's), Ebonyi State;
awarded contracts for the rehabilitation of not just the Ezillo
Regional Water Scheme but also the Old Abakaliki and
Uburu Water Schemes, including the overhauling of the
Sakamori booster stations at Ezzamgbo and the one in
Abakaliki Capital City. These rehabilitations are aimed at
recovering the lost production capacities of these facilities to
boost the supply of potable water in the State. The
collaboration with the SDG'S, is equally constructing and
delivering to the people of Ezicha Community in Izzi L.G.A
and Agu-Ugwu Community in Ohaozara L.G.A. a water
reservoir each, to make water supply more readily available
and accessible to the people of these areas. So far the works
at these facilities have reached advanced level and still
progressing.
IV. WATER SUPPLY TO THE 13 GENERAL HOSPITALS IN THE
STATE:
Prior to the inception of the present Administration, the 13
General hospitals scattered across the State had no
sustainable water supply source. On the assumption of
office and in realization of the importance of water to these
general hospitals; the Administration of Engr. David Nweze
Umahi, embarked on the drilling of boreholes and
construction of overhead tanks in each of these General
hospitals. This project has since been completed and all the
13 General hospitals now have functional water supply
sources.
V. PURCHASE OF DRILLING RIGS:
The Ebonyi State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency
(EB-RUWASSA), which is an Agency under the Ministry of
Water Resources charged with the responsibility of providing
water needs of the people in the rural areas, does not have
a functional water Drilling Rig. Consequently, it is relatively
difficult for the Ministry to meet the water supply needs of
the rural dwellers. In realization of this, His excellency,
ordered for two Drilling Rigs from India, for use by the
Ministry. One of the two rigs, have arrived Nigeria and is
awaiting clearing at the Wharf.
VI. CONSTRUCTION OF WATER STORAGE TANKS AT ONU-
IGBOJI, IBOKO AND OSO-EDDA RICE MILL CLUSTERS:
The operation of the newly installed rice parboiling
machines at the three Rice Mill Industrial Clusters, in Onu-
Igboji; Ikwo, Iboko; Izzi and Oso-Edda; Afikpo-South, was
hampered by the absence of water storage facilities. To
address this challenge therefore, His Excellency, Engr. David
Nweze Umahi, ordered for the construction of three water
storage tanks and reinforced concrete base in each of these
Industrial Clusters to facilitate their operations. These
projects have since been completed.
VII. WATER SUPPLY TO THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED
ROUNDABOUT FOUNTAINS:
The Five(5) water fountains in the Abakaliki Capital City are
supplied water regularly through the construction of water
boreholes and overhead tanks as directed by His Excellency.
These are located at Udensi Roundabout, Government
House Roundabout, Abacha Roundabout, Dr. Akanu Ibiam
Roundabout and Presco Roundabout.
VIII. WATER SUPPLY TO THE EBONYI STATE HOUSE OF
ASSEMBLY:
The Ebonyi State House of Assembly presently enjoys
uninterrupted water supply. This is courtesy of the
construction of a dedicated borehole and overhead tank in
the Complex.
IX. WATER SUPPLY TO AZUOFIA-EDDA:
As part of its commitment to make water extensively
available to the people of the rural Communities, the
Ministry of Water Resources provided water Borehole to
Azuofia-Eda Community in Abakaliki L.G.A. This is to take
care of the water shortage characterized in the area.
3. SUMMARY:
It is the desire of every responsible government to meet the
needs of its people. Failing to achieve such needs, especially
the fundamental ones such as the production and
distribution of potable water, leaves incurable lacuna in the
overall performance of such government. The Ebonyi State
Government is doing all it could to achieve its water target,
and it is hopefully believe that when all the efforts in this
regard are successfully completed and delivered to the
people, the shortcomings in the production and distribution
of potable water in the State would have been fully
eradicated and its sustainability achieved.

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