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EU supports water scheme rehabilitation in Nigeria

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

COMMISSIONING OF WATER SUPPLY SCHEME IN ANAMBRA STATE
70,000 PEOPLE TO BENEFIT FROM CLEAN WATER SUPPLY

 

 

The rehabilitation of the water supply scheme of Amawbia town in Anambra State was commissioned on 24 July 2008. The renovated scheme will provide clean water for approximately 70,000 people at a rate of 50 liters per person per day. The rehabilitation has been undertaken by the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Project, which is funded by the European Union.

 

The Commissioning was be done by senior officials of the Anambra State Government and representatives of the Federal Government. The Charge d’affaires a.i. Mr. Daniel Plas, represent the Delegation of the European Commission to Nigeria .

 

The works were approved in April 2008 under the EU-assisted Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) for an amount of 93.5 million naira. Construction started on 1 May 2008 and consists of the rehabilitation of three boreholes, and the construction of an overhead tank and of a 13 km distribution network.

 

The Amawbia Water Consumers’ Association will be responsible for management of the standpipes and household connections, whereas the State Water Corporation will be in charge of operation and maintenance of the scheme.

 

The Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme is a 5-year project (2005-2010) and is funded by the EU for €87 million (Naira 14.2 billion). The goal of WSSSRP is to contribute to the sustainable achievement of the water-related Millennium Development Goals. The programme aims to strengthen institutions in the sector to make water available more widely and more easily. Direct investments in water and sanitation infrastructure will occur in the 6 focal States (Anambra, Cross River , Jigawa, Kano , Osun, Yobe), as a complement to Government resources.

 

For further Information, please contact: Mr. Kelechi Onyemaobi, Delegation of the European Commission to Nigeria , Abuja , on 09-5244000-7; 0803-311-3017.