REPORTER: UCHE NEDEKE
Plans are on by the Anambra State Government to resuscitate five major Urban Water Schemes in the state in 2024.
The Commissioner for Power and Water Resources, Mr. Julius Chukwuemeka, stated this when he appeared before the Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation to defend their 2024 budget estimate.
According to the Commissioner, the major Urban Water Schemes are located in Awka, Nnewi, Onitsha and Otuocha.
He noted that when the 2024 budget would b passed, the Ministry intended to restore steady public water supply to the residents.
Mr. Chukwuemeka also noted that the semi Urban cities, including Obosi, Umunze, Agulu, and Ekwuluobia would be provided with portable water supply for the people.
He pointed out that 70% of water resources in the state were not working at the moment because of various reasons, including inability of communities to take ownership of the projects in their localities.
The Commissioner for Power and Water said the Governor Soludo led government had approved the conversion of most of the old rural fuel powered water projects to Solar powered mechnism as they stopped functioning because the inability to fuel the generating sets.
Radio Nigeria observed that the Chairman, Finance and Appropriation, Mr. Ejike Okechukwu; the Chairman Committee on Power and Water Resources, Mr. Chimezie Johnmark- Ikwunne; and Mr. Anayo Okpalaeke representing Aguata Constituency One, took turns to ask questions and seek clarifications on some gray areas of the provisions estimated for the Ministry of Power and Water Resources.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU