9 May 2003

Nigeria: Federal Government Restates Commitment to Clean Water Supply

Fct — President Olusegun Obasanjo has reiterared the committment of the government at ensuring access to clean water supply and adequate sanitation of all Nigerians.

The president was speaking before he commissioned the pipe-manu-facturing factory of the Gurara Water Transfer Project at Ushafa, Bwari local Government, Federal Capital Territory.

He said the project would facilitate water supply delivery to Abuja and open a water range of farming and agro-allied activities that would benefit the people of Kaduna and Niger states.

Apart from increased food production and additional employment opportunities, about 30 megawatts of electricity would be generated and fed into the national grid from the project, he added.

President Obasanjo advised the Ajaokuta steel company to explore a working partnership with the Gurara pipe-manufacturing factory for steel sheets, since the company would fabricate pipes to meet the diverse demand of steel pipe in the West-african subregion.

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