Water Supply Rehabilitation and Upgrading Project will create 6,200 direct and indirect jobs - RSG

...Project to be financed by the African Development Bank (AFDB)

Rivers State Government says the contracts for the rehabilitation and upgrading of water supply for Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas will create 1,200 direct jobs and 5,000 indirect jobs.
The project which contract was signed on Monday will see an upgrade of 496 kilometers of pipeline to produce 330,000 cubic meters of potable water per day.

Speaking at the contract signing ceremony, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, urged the contractors to mobilise to site preparatory for the expected project flag-off on the 1st of October, 2020. 

"Let me warn, in Rivers State,  we do not compromise with quality of work viz-a-viz timely delivery of contracts. I shall be visiting all project sites unannounced, to monitor progress and compliance with specification. 

"I am requesting the African Development Bank (AFDB) that will finance the project to do so with 100 per cent cost of net of taxes. 

"The Commissioner of Water Resources and Rural Development and the Managing Director of Port Harcourt Water Corporation should engage AFDB with the view to get the Bank to finance 100 percent of the cost of the project net of taxes. 

"They should further engage AFDB with a view of restoring the works at Trans-Amadi, Abuloma, Woji and Elelenwo regrettably cancelled by other Development Partners," he stated. 

Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja said the project would have four new devices reservoirs located at Rumuola,  Diobu,  Moscow and Borikiri in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor. 

The Commissioner said there would be eight elevated tanks with carrying capacity of about 1000 to 1500 cubic meters of water and about 17 boreholes in about six cluster areas connected to water treatment plants. 

City News gathered that the Managing Director of Port Harcourt Water Corporation,  Chief Ibibia Walter signed on behalf of the Rivers State Government, Chen Kangle for CGC Nigeria limited, Yang Gengqi for Top International Engineering Corporation and Iskandar Taslakian signed for Mothercat Limited.