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OGBIA WATER PROJECT: DICKSON COMMENDS FG

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…SAYS BAYELSA SHOULD BE CARRIED ALONG IN BUDGET PROCESS

Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Seriake Dickson on Thursday saluted the

efforts of the Federal Government, that culminated in the completion and

commissioning of the Central Ogbia Water Project at Otuoke in Ogbia Local

Government Area of the state.
Governor Dickson, who gave the commendation when the Minister of Water

Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, paid him a courtesy call in Yenagoa,

expressed delight that the project would meet the water needs of several

communities in the area.
He stressed the need for those, who occupy positions of public trust to

show true commitment to the completion of projects they inherited,

pointing out that, the infrastructural deficit confronting most states and

the Federal Government is as a result of reckless abandonment of

government policies and programmes.
Dickson said, “This is the type of cross-party collaboration and

continuity that should inform government policies. So, I like to thank the

Federal Government for establishing this water project and the present

administration for seeing to its completion for the beneficiary

communities and people of this state to benefit.”

Highlighting the importance of water for both domestic and industrial use,

the Governor said his administration would spare no effort to ensure the

provision of potable water for the people of the state, despite the

environmental challenges posed by the terrain and oil spills over the

years.
He, however, called for more collaboration between the state, Federal

Government and other development partners within and outside the country,

noting that, the magnitude of work and financial resources required to

meet the potable water requirements of the people was beyond the reach of

the state government.
Governor Dickson, who also solicited the support of international

organisations with the requisite financial and technical expertise,

appealed to the National Assembly and the executive arm to carry Bayelsa

along in their annual budgetary allocations for water projects across the

country.
His words, “If you look at Bayelsa from the outside, you will think there

is so much water to drink. But the sort of water we have here, has its

challenges because of the prolonged environmental issues that have arisen

as a result of our being host to most of the oil producing companies.

“In the past four years that we’ve been here, we’ve tried a number of

initiatives in terms of getting the right technology. So, we want to work

closely with the Federal Government, its agencies and all partners across

the globe, who have the capacity both in terms of financial muscle and

technical expertise to ensure that we make potable water available to our

people.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman

Adamu, said his team was in the state to commission the Central Ogbia

Water Project, which was initiated by the former President Goodluck

Jonathan administration.
Engr Adamu, who was accompanied on the visit by the House Committee

Chairman on Water Resources, Hon Aliyu Pategi, the Managing Director,

Niger Delta Basin Development Authority, Hon. Onoye Beredugo among other

top officials of the ministry, noted that, the project would be handed

over to the state after the commissioning for beneficiary communities to

use.
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