The Rivers State government led by Gov Nyesom Wike has revisited the water situation in the state capital after decades of seeming neglect. The Chibuike Amaechi administration had designed a straucture endorsed by the World Bank that had a commercial component with huge loans from the AFDA and World Bank but this was truncated by the political crisis in the state. The failed to come because of failure by the FG to sign off on their soverign guarantee clause.
It is clear that the loan is still on the cards as the Wike administration has decided to move ahead to develop a new water supply chain for Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas by inaugurating the Port Harcourt Water Corporation.
The Governor also inaugurated the Executive Committee of NAFEST to organise the NAFEST 2018 cultural festival.
Inaugurating the Port Harcourt Water Corporation on Thursday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike charged the members to ensure that water flows to homes in the State Capital.
“Members of the Port Harcourt Water Corporation have the opportunity of writing their names in gold by delivering on this all important assignment “, Governor Wike said.
The governor explained that due to the importance of the water project, a Commissioner was removed and assigned to work as the Acting Managing Director of Port Harcourt Water Corporation because of his experience and professional competence.
He said that the New Port Harcourt Water Project would be executed via a loan applied for by the immediate past administration, which was approved by the former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
He said the administration resolved to continue with the project because it is key to the development of the state capital, noting that stakeholders also stressed the relevance of executing the project.
“It will be historic that in our own time, that we deliver potable water to Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas”, he said.
On the NAFEST Committee, Governor Wike advised that the NAFEST 2018 to be held in Port Harcourt should be a world-class showcase of the cultural beauty of the country.
Responding on behalf of the Port Harcourt Water Corporation, Chairman of the Corporation, Mrs Doris Daba Cowan, said that the new corporation would work hard to replace the 50-year old water structure in the state capital.
He assured the governor that members of the Corporation understand the enormity of the task before them, emphasising that they will deliver on their mandate.
Chairman of the Executive Committee on NAFEST, Mrs Tonye Oniyide said that NAFEST 2018 would be the best in the history of the cultural fiesta.