Obinna Ogbonnaya, Abakaliki
There was jubilation at the weekend in Abakaliki the Ebonyi State capital and its environs as many homes who had never witnessed pipe-born water in the last 8 years saw water from the Oferekpe mega water scheme pumped to their different homes.
Residents of the capital city has always expressed fear and anxiety each time the dry season approached as acute water scarcity always hit the state with many water born diseases claiming lives of innocent children especially in the rural communities.
The state government had during an inspection tour of some of the water projects in the state announced that the mega water treatment plant, Oferekpe water scheme has started delivering over 50,000 cubic meters
of water daily to the people of the state to solve acute water problem in the area.The state Commissioner for Water Resources, Mrs. Euphemia Nwali that another mega water scheme in the state, Ezillo Water
Treatment Plant was undergoing rehabilitation and will soon begin full
operational services to complement the Oferekpe water scheme.
She described as falsehood, a face book account report that there was water scarcity in the state and called on the residents to visit the Ministry of Water Resources for connection of water from the distribution lines to their residence.
“In addition, the ministry is laying new lines to connect other communities outside Abakaliki to ensure that water gets to the nooks
and cranny of the state”, Nwali.
Some of the residents who spoke commended the State government for pumping water to every nook and cranny of the state adding that with the supply, the incessant water born dieses that claims many lives annually in the state would now be a thing of the past.
Mrs. Ifeanyinwa Nweze said that between December and April in the last 8 years, they had to walk long distances covering over 3 kilometers to get portable water that would be used for house pointing out that the suffering had always been unbearable.
She noted that last year, about 3 children in her community died as a result of water born diseases and wonder why a responsive government would not make water available to the people.
Another resident, Mr.. Chukwuemeka Nworie who last year lost a relation to cholera disclosed to Leadership that they had been drinking from pond water which the Headsmen also use for their cows thanked the present administration for not just concentrating on the urban but extending it to the rural communities.
He urged the Miinistry of Water Resources to sustain the supply as it would put an end to the suffering the people go through and the aviodable deaths.