Hope rises for public water supply in Owerri … As US AID intervenes

By Ogechi Emeana

Public water supply will soon be  restored in Owerri, capital of Imo state as work has been intensified on the repair of Otamiri Water Treatment Plant.
The Executive Chairman of the Imo State Water corporation board, Mr. Prince Harry Ogoke, disclosed this at a roundtable meeting with newsmen in Owerri, recently.
He said that the repairs were made possible by the United States International Agency for Development (USAID) which released N10 million for the project under its Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (E-WASH) programme.
The chairman commended the General Manager of the corporation, Lady Hope Ihuoma Anyiam, for her effort in reviving the corporation, in collaboration with the USAID E-WASH project to restore the Imo State Water Board (ISWB).
He said that the repairs were meant to be achieved in 90days.
In her presentation the General Manger Lady Anyiam, expressed gratitude to God and USAID E-WASH project and which chose Imo and amidst 14 states to restore potable water supply to consumers in urban areas.
She said that the project was a four-year programme aimed at reforming urban water services by strengthen the governance, financial and technical viability of six state water boards in Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, Sokoto and Taraba States in Nigeria.
The programme will also create professional managed and commercially  oriented water board as well as build national  and state WASH advoeacy, coordination and communications reforms.
The GM said that the money allocated to the cooporation has been effectively dispatched in fixing the cables and pumps. Paying one percent of the accumulated electricity bills and restoring pump water from the Egbeada Water Scheme.
She said that the corporation is facing several challenges which included the high cost of diesel, lack of operational vehicles, high electricity bills and lack of funds.
Among those who briefed the press on various issues were Mr. Euthipcies John, Mr. Christian Maduka, Engr. Madu Ihedioha and Mrs Theodora Igboaruka.