Kogi govt approves N156m to complete water projects

The Kogi State government has approved N156 million for the completion of 22 abandoned water projects across the three senatorial zones of the state.

Speaking at a news conference in Lokoja, the state’s Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr Salami Ozigi, disclosed that the approval was given by governor, Yahaya Bello, in a memo he presented during the State’s Executive Council (SEC), meeting held last week.

Ozigi said that the fund would be used to remobilise contractors handling all abandoned water projects awarded by the previous administration back to sites for completion.

According to him, funds have been approved for Obangede, Magongo, Ekuehi, Egge, Isanlu, Anyigba, Oguma, Kuroko, Ogori, Ajaka, and Adavi-Eba Water Works.

Others include Okene-Idoji South and North, Ageva, Imane, Esomi, Ogidi, Geregu, Nagazi, Mopa, and Idah Water Schemes.

“This gesture is part of the efforts of our amiable governor to alleviating the suffering of the people by ensuring regular supply of potable water across the state. This government is passionate to providing potable water for the residents, hence the need to go into Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement to meet people’s expectations.

“We have investors who have demonstrated their capacity and interest to invest their money in water projects in Kogi and we are ready to engage them,” he said.