By; KENNETH ORUSI, Asaba
The need for contractors handling public water schemes in the state to shun shoddy jobs to avoid being blacklisted has been emphasized.
The State Commissioner for Water Resources Development, Sir Fidelis Tilije gave the charge in Emu-Unor community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area when he led the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr (Mrs) Felicia Adun and other staff of the ministry on monitoring visit to the water scheme at Emu- Unor.
Sir Tilije, who noted that the Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration in collaboration with the European Union had spent so much money towards providing sustainable water supply in the state, said that the government and the people of the state should have value for the huge investment on the sector.
He said that the visit was to ascertain the extent of work done so far the contractor, adding that Okowa was passionate about the functionality of the water infrastructure in the state.
While expressing satisfaction that the infrastructure was already in use by the community, the Commissioner directed the contractor to expedite action in fixing some few cases of leakages emanating from the flowing pipes in order to avoid the water wastage.
Sir Tilije enjoined the beneficiaries to always protect the facilities and guide against destruction of the taps, adding that they should ensure consistent maintenance so to to guarantee their continued existence.
Earlier, the Chairman of Emu-Unor Water Consumer Association, Mr. Francis Anigabor thanked the state government for the payment of its counterpart contribution for the wster scheme, adding that with the availability of water their people no longer depend on water their stream.
Speaking in an interview, a water and sanitation expert, Engr. Ikisola Olatunde Obafemi, who is the Supervisory Engineer for the water scheme, highlighted his terms of reference to include provision of water facilities, waterworks, capacity building for government’s officials and the benefitting communities, stressing that the communities had been trained.
Engr. Ikisola, who posited that the water scheme would serve as a source of income generation for the community, stated that the contractor had constructed boreholes in the communities, building of towers and elevated tanks for water storage, rehabilitation of old waterworks and the provision of 11 boreholes among others.