The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has reassured residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of its commitment to improve water supply, through harnessing of water resources.
FCT permanent secretary, Chinyeaka Ohaa, who stated this at the opening ceremony of the 25th regular meeting of national council on water resources in Abuja yesterday, stated that the Lower Usuman Dam Water treatment remained the largest water treatment plant in Abuja and beyond.
Ohaa disclosed that the administration had trained its personnel that would be working on all the dams for effective harnessing of water resources across the capital, adding that investment in water schemes had put FCT’s pipe borne water as the best in West Africa.
The permanent secretary revealed that the administration has completed a 1.2 MW solar power project in partnership with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
He added that the administration is also working to execute the greater Abuja water supply project through a facility from the EXIM Bank of China, which, according to him, was designed to extend water supply to unreached areas in the territory.
He continued, “This arrangement will raise the level of water supply in the territory by 50 per cent. We are also collaborating with the office of the senior special assistant to Mr. President on research towards the completion of the Abaji rural water supply.”
Earlier in his remarks, the general manager of FCT Water Board, Engr. Aliyu Nahuche, had revealed that since 2016 when the administration co-hosted the 23rd regular council meeting, the water sector in the territory has witnessed tremendous and remarkable achievements.
“The FCT Administration has invested tremendously into the water supply system of Abuja. The Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of our 30, 000m3/hrs combined capacity treatment plants has improved our water production capacity, supply coverage has increased to some unreserved areas.”
Nahuche also disclosed that the revenue collection of the board has increased geometrically, as the board records monthly revenue of over N100 million, adding that the Abuja comprehensive water project for the Abaji area council has reached 98 per cent completion.
He tasked area councils in the territory to increase their investments in water supply and sanitation to cater for the growing population, noting that while population is increasing, water infrastructure is deteriorating.