Abuja residents to enjoy more potable water as supply increases to 30mn litres daily- Maku

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku

At the ongoing ministerial briefing, the Minister of Information said Abuja residents will get more water.

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Thursday at the ministerial conference, said there will be an increase in water supply to Abuja residents.

The minister, while giving account of his stewardship, said Bala Mohammed, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, informed him that a new water plant had been built and will be commissioned soon. The date for the commissioning was, however, not announced.

The water plant is expected to increase the water supply in Abuja from 10 million litres to 30 million litres daily. The city centre in Abuja and a few satellite towns have access to the municipal water, but majority of the residents, who live in other satellite towns, do not.

Mr. Mohammed, who also presented his list of achievements, said that the on-street parking introduced as a result of parking challenges in Abuja would be re-organised following series of complaints from residents.

“The On-Street Parking was introduced to tackle some of the traffic problems especially during peak hours in the Abuja metropolis, ensure orderliness, increase in IGR, reduce congestion and has so far created 1,130 jobs,” Mr. Mohammed said.

On the Abuja light rail project, he said the ministry achieved 25.57 per cent completion in May from the 21.12 per cent completion it recorded in April 2013.

Mr. Mohammed said the Federal Government is committed to delivering the Light Rain project and has signed a $500 million (N78 billion) loan agreement with Chinese Exim bank to facilitate the implementation of the project.

As regards the difficulties commuters face in Abuja since the implementation of a transportation policy that placed a restriction on commercial buses, the minister said the Abuja administration has increased the number of participants in the FCT Operator License Scheme.

According to the minister, the administration commissioned 160 brand new taxis under the Abuja Taxi Scheme adding that the number of taxis is expected to increase to 1,000 before the end of the year.

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