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Okonta solicits community partnership against vandalism of water infrastructure ~ Truth Reporters

The Delta State Commissioner for Water Resources Development, Rt Hon.  Martin Okonta, has enjoined community leaders and well meaning individuals to intensify efforts in protecting water infrastructure from vandalism.

Rt. Hon. Okonta who gave the advice in Bomadi while sensitizing stakeholders on the need to protect government facilities shortly after inspecting the Nomad regional water project decried the high rate of vandalism of water caps.

He reminded the people that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was committed to ensuring that Deltans accessed potable water, observing that after government had effectively utilized tax payers’ money to procure infrastructure, beneficiaries would vandalized them and called for a change of attitude.

The water resources commissioner noted that consistent pumping of water and change of the destructive attitude of some elements in the area would go a long way towards addressing the issues confronting the water sector in the State.

He appealed to the Divisional Police  Officer in Bomadi, CSP Paul Enihe  to assist government in securing the water facilities.

The Vice Chairman of the Bomadi Community Development Association,  Mr  Justice  Muturu, informed the commissioner that the people were suffering from unavailability of water, accusing officials of the Bomadi  regional office of the Delta State Urban Water Board of inconsistent  pumping of water and expressed their readiness to sensitize the people on the need to protect the facilities.

The commissioner who also visited the Warri-Effurun water project expressed surprise at the quality of equipment available at the scheme that were not being utilised and gave an assurance that with the intervention of Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa the project would soon see the light of the day.

Earlier, the Zonal Manager of the Warri-Effurun Water Scheme, Mr  Nnamdi  Injogwiani, said that the project was 95 percent completed  but abandoned  by the contractor a long time ago as a result of the inability of the previous administration to pay the contractor.

Mr Nnamdi Injogwuani stated that Governor  Ifeanyi  Okowa  had intervened to make the project work,  disclosing that  the water project would serve  thee local governments of Warri  South, Uvwie and Udu  even as he maintained that in 2014 the project was testrun  with 29 various  water stand taps in 2014.

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