By Mohammed Baba Busu, Minna.
The Hydro Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) says it has approved N1.2 billion for the water project involving the overhauling and reticulation of New Bussa waterworks in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger.
The Managing Director of HYPPADEC, Abubakar Sadiq-Yelwa, announced this known during the hand-over ceremony of the contract at the site of the waterworks in New Bussa on Thursday.
He said that when the rehabilitation of the waterworks was with completed, the scarcity of water, which the area had been experiencing for a long time, would end.
Sadiq-Yelwa said that the contract would be completed within six months, warning the contractors to ensure the contract specifications.
The managing director, who was represented by the Director Community and Rural Development Directorate, Dr Mahmud Mohammed-Umar, urged the community to support and take ownership of the contract.
HYPPADEC Director of Operations Ilyasu Abdullahi-Wara also explained that the “contract is divided into seven lots to various contractors”.
He said that the project consisted of technical and booster station of one pump house and tank rehabilitation.
He said that other components of the contract included the provision of utility vehicles, laboratory equipment, reticulation system and seven-kilometre expansion of distribution network, rehabilitation of entire building and three-kilometre expansion of old township expansion network, among others.
Mr Mohammed Hassan-Chado, the Managing Director of Niger State Water and Sewage Corporation, represented by an official, Mr Gimba Isah, said that the rehabilitation of the waterworks would ensure regular supply of potable water.
He called for support and understanding of the citizens to ensure the maintenance of the project for effective and efficient service delivery.
The Chairman of Local Government Council, Suleiman Yerima, appreciated the kind gesture of HYPPADEC, noting that the community had suffered for years.
He urged the consumers and citizens to cooperate by paying their water rates to ensure the sustainability of the project.
The Emir of Borgu, Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Dantoro, represented by the Wazirin Borgu, Alhaji Bala Sa’adu, thanked the commission for the initiative.
He, however, appealed to the contractors handling the project to stick to the contract specifications.