Gov Mbah meets target ,commissions 70 million litre water project in 180 days , builds 4.4MW gas plant for supply

In fulfilment of his campaign promise to give portable water to ndi Enugu within 180 days of his assumption of office, Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, Saturday, November 25, commissioned a 70 million litre per day water project
, tagged 9th Mile 24/7 Water Scheme
in Enugu,

Gov Mbah cutting the tape

Speaking shortly after he had commissioned the project at the 9th-Mile Corner area of the state ,where the project was located, Governor Mbah said his administration had raised potable water production capacity from the occasional 2 million litres per day to 120 million litres per day., 20 million litres above the 100 million litres that can serve the State.

He explained that the 4.4mw gas-powered plant built by his administration to supply power at the water scheme would ensure uninterrupted water supply to Enugu residents.

The Governor said availability of potable water was consequential to his administration’s vision to raise the state’s economy from $.4.4 billion to $30 billion GDP in four to eight years

.iAccording to him, the reticulation of the water project has put an end the 20 years jinx of inadequate supply of portable water in Enugu

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His words, “It was clear to us, that the status of water supply at the time was deplorable. At that time, there had been no reliable water supply in most parts of Enugu State for almost 20 years.

“One need not be a rocket scientist to discern that few investors will be attracted to the state under such dire circumstances, nor can existing businesses expand to generate additional jobs and economic growth. If anything, these conditions are suffocating businesses and households and leading to unnecessary suffering across the State.

“Faced with this fundamental issue, and considering the suffering of Ndi Enugu, it was only natural that we identified provision of water as one of our first targets in the drive to execute our mandate and social contract with citizens of Enugu.

“We also chose to give ourselves a target of resolving this challenge in 180 days not for the purpose of chest-thumping but rather because first, the issue is urgent. We did not want Ndi Enugu to suffer unduly for even one minute longer than avoidable, and, second, we saw this as an opportunity to galvanize Ndi Enugu for the tough tasks ahead and whip our administration into gear as quickly as possible,” he said.

Mbah recalled that the promise to provide potable water within the timeline of 180 days “triggered disbelief in most quarters and that is perhaps understandable, realising the countless successive, but fruitless attempts to address the problem.

“Happily, for us all, here we are, 180 days from that promise, commissioning this new ultra-modern water scheme with a capacity to deliver to businesses and families in Enugu 70 million litres of potable water daily and this is but the first phase. In a few weeks, we will also be commissioning new pumps in Oji water scheme to enable us to deliver another 50 million litres of water everyday. This will give us a total daily delivery of 120 million litres in Enugu, about twice the daily demand of Enugu urban.

“We are currently supplying water at appreciable pressures to Enugu municipality and I can state here and now that pipe-borne water is here to stay,” Mbah said.

He acknowledgef some challenges in the downstream part of the water supply, saying, “Of course, there are instances of burst pipes around the metropolis, but this was not unexpected, given the age of a number of our lines. However, these constitute but teething problems which we will surely surmount in a matter of weeks and constant water 365 days of the year will once again be a reality in Enugu.”

The governor assured that effort would be intensified to extend pipe-borne water to a number of major residential areas, which developed since the last major pipe-laying projects in Enugu.

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“In addition, the towns outside Enugu also have varied degrees of water problems. Now that we can see the end of the water issues around Enugu urban, we must now refocus to address towns like Nsukka, Oji, Udi, etc.,” he said,

He added that new pumps would be installed at the Oji River Water Scheme in a few weeks to also deliver 50 million liters of water per day to the area.

Governor Mbah urged the cooperation of the residents in the payment for services and protection of the facilities.

“Reliable water supply is not cheap! But I promise that this water will be far less expensive than what you are spending today on water tanker supply. We must be willing to pay for connection to the meters, which will be installed in our homes and businesses, and pay a fair monthly rate for the water we consume.

“Second, the infrastructure that we have put in place, from this scheme here to the pipes going into our various residential areas, belong to Ndi Enugu and must be optimised. We cannot afford for them to be vandalized or stolen! Therefore, we must consider it our duty to look after this infrastructure”, he said.

Fielding questions from newsmen, the Governor disclosed that the water scheme was built using Internally Generated Revenue.

On measures put in place to maintain the scheme, Governor Mbah said the state government would train relevant workforce to maintain and sustain the project


In his brief remarks the , Commissioner for Water Resources, Felix Nnamani, thanked Governor Mbah for fulfilling his campaign promise to Enugu residents and for keeping to his 180-day water delivery promise.

Author Maureen Ikpeama

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