Gov Ododo Approves Fund for Rehabilitation of Old Lokoja Water Works

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Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Usman Ododo has approved the rehabilitation of old Lokoja water works.

The approval came with immediate cash backing.

The Kogi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Engr. Yahaya Farouk, disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists on Monday evening.

Engr. Farouk explained that
the plant is intended to supply water to some areas of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, pending the completion of repairs at the Greater Lokoja Water Works which was damaged by floods in 2012.

According to the Commissioner, the State government is taking pragmatic steps to replace equipment submerged at the Greater Lokoja Water Works, though this will take at least 12 months to complete.

He emphasized the administration’s commitment to addressing the water scarcity, appealed to residents for patience, assuring them that efforts are being made to resolve the issue.

“Before Friday, contractors will resume work for the rehabilitations of old Lokoja water works. It has been approved and cashed back by the Governor of Kogi State. Within the shortest possible time, water supply will return to Lokoja metropolis,” he stated.

Engr. Farouk debunk reports making the rounds that the reservoir for old Lokoja water works has been sold out.

According to him, “This is not true and should be disregarded by the general public. This are the hand work of mischief maker who keep spreading fake news just to discredit the government efforts at restoring water back to Lokoja metropolis”.

The Commissioner seized the opportunity to intimate journalists about the arrest of some suspects who vandalized armoured cables for greater Lokoja Water works in Ganaja Village.

“I am convinced that it was an internal problem. We wrote to the State Police command and arrest were made concerning some suspects who went to vandalized armoured cables meant for greater Lokoja water works. The private security agencies were engaged and later sent a report that some people has own up that the armoured cables was sold to someone in Ganaja.

“We have tank A which will is supposed to serve supply to tank b have also been vandalized. We will arrest all of them no matter their hiding place. Any person that vandalize public infrastructure that is expected to serve the people will not go unpunished.

“I want to use this opportunity to emphasize on community ownership of our installation across the State. I must commend Ayegunle Gbede a community in Kogi East that has been protecting our infrastructure in their locality. There were part of our water equipment that was auction about five years ago.

“The auctioneers could not come close because the community stood their ground insisting that they must see the ministry of water resources before any thing could be done. This is what we want and should be replicated across board. We must stand our ground to stop the vandalization of our critical infrastructure in Kogi State”

He maintained that the procurement process of greater Lokoja water works is about 80 percent, stressing that the government has almost concluded plans with the contractors to bring the plant back to shape.

He commended the robust relationship between the government and working journalists in the State adding that this has brought about rapid development and good governance for the people of Kogi State.

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