By: Bamidele Fashube
The Nigerian government has launched the second phase of the Partnership for Expanded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) programme which is aimed at improving access to clean water supply and sanitation in 10 states.
The states that made the established selection criteria for immediate intervention under the PEWASH programme are: Katsina, Plateau, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, Ondo, Osun, Imo and Delta.
The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu during a virtual take off meeting with the PEWASH contractors, stressed the need for communities in benefitting states to take ownership of the programme.
He explained that out of 36 states, 33 have so far signed the PEWASH protocol, expressing interest to partner with the ministry even as he urged the remaining states- Anambra, Rivers and Borno and the FCT to also signify interest.
According to him, a total of 119 contractors were selected in strict compliance to Procurement Act, with 56 benefitting local government areas(LGAs)
The Minister stated that the contracts, which were recently awarded, will see to the construction, rehabilitation and upgrade of 895 water supply facilities at the cost of N2 billion in the 28 local governments areas under the federal government components.
“Upon completion, it will improve access to water supply to about one million people living in the areas, that is what we are flagging off today.
“While congratulating all the contractors, I will like to stress the high premium this ministry places on Qualitative and timely delivery and therefore charge them to execute these projects with utmost diligence, standard and strict compliance to contract specifications,” he added.