The Minister of State in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has assured residents of the Territory that the N19 billion Karshi water project will be completed on record time to address the challenges of water supply in the satellite towns.
The Minister gave the assurance in Abuja Nigeria’s capital while on tour of facilities in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the territory.
Dr Aliyu also revealed that the project has advanced to 45 percent 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.
The minister 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 Satellite Towns Development Department (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”.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Candido who thanked the Minister for her exemplary leadership said the area councils chairmen will work assiduously with her to strive.
He assured the Minister that despite the paucity of funds at their disposal at the Area Council level, they will continue to execute and implement people’s oriented project that would add value to their lives.
The Chairman who was concerned by the plight of the party’s member within the territory also appealed to the Minister to carry them along for the progress of the party.
The minister used the occasion to inspect Oronzo mini stadium, Karu abattoir, and all the graded chiefs in Abuja Municipal Area Council.