Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FG assures speedy completion of Karshi water project

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has assured residents of timely completion of the N19 billion Karshi water project, in order to address the challenges of water supply in the satellite towns.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, who gave the assurance while touring facilities in the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, of the territory, said the project is currently at 45percent completion.

The minister who was accompanied by the Director of Satellite Towns Development Department, STDD, Engr. Felix Nwankwo, and other directors of various agencies and departments during the tour expressed satisfaction with the level of work done, while assuring the contractor that the administration will pay the certificate generated.

“I am happy with the level of work done and I can assure you that the administration will ensure the speedy completion of the water project aim at addressing water challenges faced by residents of satellite towns.

“It is an ongoing project and based on presidential directive, we have a duty to make sure that we continue with projects already started. That is why we are trying our best to develop all the necessary budgetary provision National Assembly has already signed. We are trying to complete the project as soon as possible,” Aliyu stated.

She said the administration was determined to ensure that both the satellite towns and most of the new districts will have water, stressing that the construction of Coffer dam in Karshi will ease the supply of water to other satellite towns when completed.

Aliyu also assured that when the dam is completed, there will be enough water for the satellite towns and will also generate employment and increase economic activities and other socio-economic activities.

On his part, the Director of STDD, Engr. Felix Nwankwo, explained that water will be generated from the nearby stream in addition to rain water, adding that the move will curtain the flooding in some parts of Karshi.

According to him, “We have a very small stream, but because we are going to have rainfall, once we block it, we are going to retain water. Last year we have so much flooding in Karshi, those water will no longer be seen when the dam is completed because all of them will be retained within the dam structure.”

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