Osun Govt, European Union Signs N789 Million Water Contract

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The State Government of Osun in partnership with the European Union Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (EU-WSSSRP-II) Assisted Project has signed N789,122,355.00 water project in various locations across the state.

The new projects includes rehabilitation of Ede Water Works and the Mini-Water Schemes / Dams in seven 7 Vocal Communities such as Gbongan, Ode-Omu, Orile-Owu and Araromi-Owu, in Ayedade Local Government.

Others beneficiary communities are Okuku, Igbaye and Inisha in Odo-Otin local government.

Two successful contractors that emerged from the bidding process, Pandada Nigeria Limited and Hydrogold Limited will handle the project in the various locations.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Babatunde Ibirogba while addressing journalists shortly after the signing of the contract agreement said the new project will directly touch the lives of the people through the provision of water to communities.

He said the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is committed to the provision of water to the people of the state and will not spare any effort to make life more abundant for them.

He explained that the rehabilitation of the water Dams and Motorised Boreholes shall be completed and handed over between 18 – 24 months and appealed to the contractors to do a good and quality job which would make the community to enjoy the benefit of the support of the state government and the EU-WSSSRP-II Assisted Project.

He assured EU-WSSSRP-II that the opportunity shall be judiciously utilised, enjoining the benefiting communities to see the project as theirs own projects.

OSUN: Gov. Aregbesola to Inaugurate Water Project

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun will on Tuesday inaugurate some water supply projects to mark the 2017 World Water Day.

A statement by Mr Muftau Oluwadare, Permanent Secretary, Osun Ministry of Water Resources, Rural and Community Affairs, said some of the projects were located in Erinmo-Ijesa, Oriade South Local Council Development Area and Ajebandele, Ife Central Local Government Area.

It said that some projects would also be inaugurated in Asapati, Ololola and Olajebe communities, all in Odo-Otin Local Government Area.

The statement urged the beneficiary communities to reciprocate the good gesture of the government by making judicious use of the water supply facilities.

FG Approves $470m for Abuja Water Project

The Nigerian government has approved the award of a $470 million contract for the greater Abuja Water Supply Project to provide water for residents of the Nigerian federal capital.

The Federal Executive Council approved the contract at its meeting presided over by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, who briefed State House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said the Greater Abuja Water Supply Project, which was one of the three memoranda his ministry presented at the meeting, was aimed at providing potable water supply to greater part of the Abuja.

“This project, which is being funded by the China EXIM Bank, is to provide water to what we call loops 1, 2, 5 and 6,” Bello said, explaining that the overall master plan for Abuja has 10 loops out which loops which “loops 3 and 4 are already operational, providing water to Garki, Asokoro and the Central Business District.”

He said the project would leverage on the Lower Usuma Water Treatment Dam and the Wupa Water Treatment Plant in Abuja, which is reputed to be one of the largest in Africa.

Alum Contract

Bello also said that the council also approved the award of a N186 contract for the supply of 1, 000 tonnes of alum to the FCT Water Board.

He said the alum supply contract was awarded to an indigenous manufacturing company “in line with the federal government local-content policy as well as encouraging investors that are employing labour to be able to continue in their businesses.”

Bello also stated that a 24-month extension contract was awarded for the Wupa Water Treatment Plant, Abuja for maintenance, training and retraining of staff.

He said this would involve the employment of Nigerian professionals, artisans and non-skilled labour.

Economic Recession

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, who was also at the briefing, said the economic recession in Nigeria might end by the end of this year, stating that government was making efforts in agriculture, solid minerals and infrastructure to stimulate the economy and make it more competitive.

Udoma said he briefed the council on the recently released National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, fourth quarter gross domestic product report, which also contained the full report for 2016.

He said the NBS report showed that the economy contracted by 1.3% which was a lower level of contraction than the previous quarter, indicating that Nigeria was beginning to recover from recession.

According to him, the overall report was better than what was projected by many, including the International Monetary Fund, IMF, which had projected that it was going to be minus 1.8% but it turned out to be minus 1.5% in 2016.

On the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, Udoma said government was working towards restoring growth, investing in the people and building a competitive economy.

He said the plan has five execution plans, including stabilizing the macro-economic environment, achieving agriculture and food security, ensuring energy sufficiency, improving transportation infrastructure and driving industrialization with a focus on small and medium enterprises.

He said that government was determined to move the economy “from the negative growth that we experienced in 2016 to a growth rate of 7% by 2020.”