FG approves N19bn water project for Karshi in Abuja

Karshi is a satellite town in Abuja.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N19.4 billion for a new water supply scheme in Karshi, a satellite town of Abuja.

Addressing State House correspondents on the outcome of the FEC meeting, Abuja Minister of State, Olajumoke Akinjide, said the approval followed submission of a memorandum to the council by the FCT administration.

President Goodluck Jonathan presided over the meeting.

Ms. Akinjide said the water project would be funded through “national priority budget”.

“The scope of work will be two dams with a capacity of 19.6 million cubic litres of raw water reservoir and a water treatment plant that will be able to process 2,500 cubic litres per hour,’’ she said.

Ms. Akinjide said it would also include ancillary works, steel pipe lines, elevated water tanks, generators and other electro-mechanical works. She said the water project will provide potable water for the residents and water for agriculture and irrigation activities. She said the project would also provide work for 600 skilled and unskilled workers.

She said that the Federal Government had earlier approved contract for the provision of engineering infrastructure in two districts of Karshi at the cost of N28 billion in 2007, without water provision component. The minister noted that work in the districts had reached advanced stage, hence the need to provide other complementary infrastructure services in the area.

Ms. Akinjide said President Goodluck Jonathan had approved the re-establishment of Satellite Towns Development Agency (STDA) with the belief that there should be simultaneous development of infrastructure in all rural areas and the city.

“Eighty per cent of Nigerians in the city actually live in the satellite towns, therefore, we believe that satellite towns should also receive the same level of infrastructure and attention as the Federal Capital City (FCT),” she said.

“We have many housing schemes along that axis and there is no provision of water for them; wish to see many other FCT projects being taken over and funded through the national budgets,” she added

Ms. Akinjide lamented that the STDA, which is saddled with the responsibility of providing infrastructural facilities in satellite towns of the FCT, was indebted to the tune of N59 billion.

(NAN)


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