The Anambra State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a quoted South African Firm, EOH Industrial Technologies, for the revitalization of the Onitsha Water Scheme at $44 million (N1.34bn).
Speaking at the occasion at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia near Awka on Thursday, Gov. Willie Obiano said the project would be carried out in three phases.
Obiano said the project would involve revitalization and expansion of the Onitsha Water Scheme, adding that this would entail conducting a feasibility study, inventory audit and calibration.
He said the intake facility at Nkpor water treatment plant and the Nkissi treatment plant at Onitsha would be reactivated.
The Governor said rehabilitation works would be carried out on the mains, pipelines, pumps, valves, reservoirs, boreholes and the reticulated tributaries to the households in all areas of Onitsha.
Obiano noted that the project was strategic to Onitsha, being one of the most populated towns in the country, and stressed the need to modernize infrastructure and other basic amenities in the area.
He said his administration’s desire was to revamp 376 moribund water schemes built by the previous administrations in partnership with the UNESCO.
The governor, who assured that most of the water schemes will become functional within four months, urged the South African firm to commence work immediately on the Onitsha Water Scheme.
Earlier, Igwe Cyril Enweze, Chairman, Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), said when completed, the project would ensure provision of potable water to the people. —The Nation