By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The General Manager, Akwa Ibom State Water Company, Engr Edo Etuk said the sum one billion Naira is required by the company to reactivate 29 water stations across the state and address the problems of potable water supply to the public.
Etuk hinted this when he received in audience, members of Akwa Ibom Water Sanitation and Hygiene (IbomWASH) Media Committee in his office in Uyo on Friday.
He also disclosed that already, the state government has approved funds for the reactivation of five out of the 29 stations, adding that once that is done, those stations would be put in good shape for better delivery.
The GM expressed optimism that the remaining 24 stations would be fixed in due cause with the creation of the Ministry of Water and Sanitation by current Governor Umo Eno’s led administration.
“I believe very strongly that we cannot leave a 15 billion naira investment or should I say assets and allow it to rut. We need to revive those stations. One billion is required to put them in good shape. He said.
According to him, the decision by government to reactivate the five stations was part of the measures to strengthen water infrastructure in the state thereby improve upon service delivery in the sector.
He assured the people of improved service with the reactivation of the five water stations and sued for their continual patronage.
Etuk, who said, “We have a high level of prospect on the water industry”, opined that with the water law in place and the creation of the new Ministry, the water sector will receive a boost.
Earlier the Akwa Ibom Water Sanitation and Hygiene (IbomWASH) Media Committee Chairman, Mr. Harris Okon had told the the Company General Manager that the committee decision to visit the place was to foster cooperation on the state WASH sector and address associated dangers to public health.
He commended the state governor, Pastor Umo Eno for setting up a stand alone Ministry for Water and Sanitation sector of the state and his vision to launch Akwa Ibom into a new era of prosperity and sustainable peace through his ARISE Agenda.