Monday, 1 June 2015

Benue State Government To Restore Water To Otukpo, Katsina-ala

The All Progressives Congress, (APC) led government in Benue State has assured that it would restore pipe borne water to Otukpo and Katsina-Ala townships in the next one week.


Addressing newsmen at his country home in Otukpo-Icho, at the weekend the newly inaugurated Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu said the decision to store water supply to the two towns was made after an exhaustive meeting with CGC, the company that built the water facilities.

” After an exhaustive meeting we have held on how to go about the debt with CGC, we have resolved that the water works be opened to supply water to Otukpo and Katsina-Ala within the next one week.”

He noted that CGC had entered into contractual agreement with the state government to operate and maintain them, but CGC later stopped pumping water to the two towns because government failed to live up to its contractual agreement which amounted to N1.980 billion.

“They entered into a management and operation agreement, that is operation and maintenance of the two water works, contractual agreement for N1.980 billion approximately. They had constructed the two water works for approximately N2.6 billion for Otukpo and N1.5 billion for Katsina-Ala.”

“They had paid off those monies with outstanding balance of a mere N138 million for Otukpo and N113 million for Katsina-ala which ordinarily should not have stopped the operations of the water works because more than ninety per cent of the contractual money have been paid.”

the Deputy Governor explained further that experts from the side of government and CGC will seat down and agree on the legitimacy of the liability, after which government would work out a programme for payment.

It would be recalled that the Otobi/Otukpo water works which was the first project the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan commissioned after his electoral victory stopped supplying water to Otukpo town and its environs, including that of Katsina-Ala since September 2013.






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