The European Union and the Cross River State government are to spend N480 million on the provision of potable water in 20 rural communities of the state.
The Institutional Expert, Cross River Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) 11, Adebayo Alao, made the disclosure on Sunday in Calabar in an interview.
He said the state government would contribute 30 per cent of the amount as its counterpart funding while the EU would contribute 70 per cent.
He said that the delay in inviting tenders to bid for the projects was because the government was yet to pay its counterpart funds for the projects.
“We should have called for tenders for the project in December 2014, but since the state government is not ready to pay its counterpart funds, we are yet to commence the tender,” he said.
He said that the 20 benefitting communities would be selected from the three senatorial zones of the state.
Mr. Adebayo that WSSSRP 11 had sent a bill to the state House of Assembly for the establishment of a regulatory agency on water and sanitation in the state.
He said that the passage of the bill into law would ensure the provision of potable water to the people of the state.
WSSSRP is an initiative of the European Union aimed at the provision of potable water to the people of Cross River.