9 September 2012

Nigeria: Minister Inaugurates Water Projects in Benue

The Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe has inaugurated two water projects at Katsina Ala and Anyiin in Benue to boost water supply for the residents.

Ochekpe described water as a major component of life and urged the people to form committees to protect the facilities.

She said the water projects would curtail incidence of water borne diseases and enhance the general well being of the people.

The minister said the Federal Government would continue to partner with state governments in providing safe potable water to Nigerians.

She said the federal government had worked with the Benue Government in the reticulation project for Makurdi, inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan last year.

In his speech, Governor Gabriel Suswam appealed to the residents of Katsina Ala and Anyiin to make use of the facilities and ensure their safety.

He said the state would collaborate with the federal government to reticulate the pipelines for easy flow of water to the communities.

The governor appealed to the minister to facilitate the construction of more dams which would provide potable more water to the people.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Mr John Ngbede, said the Katsina Ala project was executed at N1.5 billion while that of Anyiin cost N552 million.


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