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At global event, Water Board enjoins consumers to pay bills

Apr, 2021 | By Umar Akko | ||

Again, Federal Capital Territory Water Board (FCTWB) has tasked consumers in the Territory to pay their water bills promptly. Making the plea during the World Water Day (WWD), Acting General Manager (GM) of the board, Dame Joy Okoro, stated that such timely reaction by consumers will enable the agency serve the public better. The theme of this year's WWD was 'Valuing Water' with the event celebrated globally.

Dame Okoro explained that all over the world water is life, disclosing further that the board has been consistent in provision of potable water that meets both national and international standards as a model utility organization. "We therefore urge you, our esteemed customers, to value water and pay your bills promptly as that would enable us to serve you better, because every drop counts,'' she stressed.

According to her, authorities of FCT Administration (FCTA) led by FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, see water as a critical asset and resource, hence have ploughed in huge resources and infrastructure to ensure that the nation's capital is number one in provision of quality water to residents. The Ag. GM added that in cognizance of the declaration of state of emergency in the water sector by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, FCT Water Board, supported by FCTA, ''has engaged in numerous activities to ensure provision of water for both domestic and industrial uses, thus creating decent jobs for men and women in various sectors of the economy.''

She listed some of the activities as including the construction of water treatment plant with state-of-the-art technology in compliance with international best practice in areas of health, safety, and environment; construction of water distribution network; provision of water treatment chemicals; provision of boreholes for rural water supply, and construction of sludge treatment plant to reduce environmental pollution.

Dame Okoro also listed the adoption of water and sanitation class in primary and secondary schools for improved water and sanitation; collaboration with academic/research institutions in conducting solution-driven research for improved service delivery; as well as partnership with international organizations in capacity building and executing projects for enhanced service. Delivering the keynote address on the occasion, Assistant Director, Technical Cooperation and Partnership, Water Board, Dr Victoria Anyakora, expressed joy that the performance of the board has improved in recent time.

Being a capital-intensive sector, Dr Anyakora said government has been up and doing to ensure the goods are delivered to FCT residents through provision of critical inputs for generation and distribution of international quality water. In this wise, she alluded to certain vital interventions made by government which went a long way to boost attainment of the corporate objectives. According to her, one was the approval of the princely sum of N1.5billion by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in 2020 for rehabilitation of Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant Phase Two, which has been in operation for 30 years, and another amount of N827 million for purchase of chemicals for treatment of potable water.

She added: ''It is also significant to note that the Abaji Comprehensive Water Project with a capacity to treat water at the rate of 5000 cubic meters per day for Abaji Area Council and environs has been completed and commissioned on the 1st December, 2020. In water conservation/management, the project for the Reduction of Non-Revenue Water (NRW) in FCT, supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been completed with tangible results in NRW ratio decrease in pilot areas in Gudu, Garki 2, Jabi District, from 66.7% to 31.6%''. Dr Anyakora listed several other accomplishments the board has made in its stride to deliver service. The occasion, which was attended by stakeholders, was also marked by other activities pertaining to water issues.

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