MINISTER OF WATER RESOURCES BREAKS NEW GROUNDS IN THE PROVISION OF WATER TO NIGERIANS THROUGH THE PEWASH PROGRAMME
In his continued effort to improve the livelihood of the Nigerian people through the provision of safe Water and Sanitation Facilities, the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu FNSE, FAEng today, 23rd July,2020 in Abuja, flagged-off the second phase of the implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) Programme.
In his briefing, Engr. Adamu said that “the place of water in National Development cannot be over-emphasized and this underscores the serious attention being given to it by the current administration under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
He explained that PEWASH Programme which was launched on 7th of November, 2016 by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was designed to be a national collaborative instrument for all stakeholders ranging from Governments at all levels to Development Partners, Private sector, Non-Governmental Organizations(NGOs), Civil Society Organizations(CSOs) and Philanthropists up to the Communities.’
“It is intended to mobilize all the stakeholders’ efforts and channel them towards the same goal, objectives and targets” he said.
The Minister noted that this second phase of the PEWASH programme will build on all ongoing efforts as well as complement existing water supply and sanitation strategies by instituting a coordination and prioritization framework for project delivery that will contribute to the improvement in public health and eradication of poverty in Nigeria through the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) Target 6.1 and 6.2 especially in the rural areas.
“We have selected the following ten (10) States that met the established selection criteria for immediate intervention under the PEWASH Programme: Katsina, Plateau, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, Ondo, Osun, Imo and Delta States”, he said.
Engr. Adamu stated that the Phase I of the programme has been fully completed and thirty-three (33) States have signed the PEWASH Protocol (PP) as well as expressed interest to partner with Federal Ministry of Water Resources in the programmme implementation. He expressed his optimism that the remaining three states of Rivers, Borno, Anambra and FCT will soon join the league.
The Minister further stated that contracts were recently awarded to 119 Contractors for the construction, rehabilitation and upgrading of eight hundred and ninety-five (895) Water Supply Facilities which upon completion will improve access to water supply to about one million people living in the areas.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Comfort Ekaro. C said the event “is a clear demonstration of the Ministry’s commitment towards increasing access to safe water supply and sanitation in our rural communities.”
Delivering the technical guidelines for executing Borehole Contracts under PEWASH Programme, Director of Water Supply and Public Private Partnership FMWR Engr. Benson Ajisegiri said that “drilling and borehole development will only commence upon approval of geophysical survey report by the FMWR” and that the contract must be executed in accordance with the provisions of the conditions, Bill of Quantity (BOQ), Bill of Engineering Measurement (BEME) and drawing.
The Representative of the 119 Contractors, Prince Emmanuel Onimisi expressed his appreciation to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and Federal Ministry of Water Resources for the opportunity given to them and promised to deliver the projects according to the specifications and guidelines for executing Borehole Contracts under PEWASH programme.
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