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FG partners Bayelsa State to ensure adequate water provision

By The Citizen

The Federal Government has announced its readiness to partner Bayelsa State to ensure adequate provision of safe water for residents of the state.

The Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, stated this when she received the Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, in her office in Abuja.

Ochekpe said the Federal Government had realised that to meet the Millennium Development Goals there was need to increase collaboration with state governments.

She said it was in this regard that the ministry recently held a meeting with all state commissioners for water resources to strengthen the cooperation between the states and the Federal Government to achieve the objective of adequate provision of safe water.

She said, 'We are sorry that in Bayelsa State you have so much water around you but no fresh water because of the effect of pollution. Government is doing everything possible through our Niger Delta River Basin Authority to support you and ensure adequate provision of water for the people in the area.'

On the interest shown by the Bayelsa State Government to take over the rice farm project at Peremabiri, Ochekpe said, 'We will collaborate with you but we will not hand over the project.'

Earlier, Dickson had said the state government alone could not provide water without the support of the Federal Government.

He said, 'I am here to solicit your support in technical terms; we need to tap into the expertise of your ministry, my government intends to do a lot this year in the area of water.'