President Muhammadu Buhari has commenced the completion of the Central Ogbia Regional Water Supply Project in Bayelsa State.
The water project will cover 13 communities in Ogbia, including Otuoke, home of former president Goodluck Jonathan.
The project will gulp N5.9 billion naira.
According to the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, the Federal Government is committed to complete the abandoned water project.
Mr. Adamu said adequate water supply for human and livestock production was a crucial aspect of social and economic development.
“The project we are inaugurating today is among the high priority projects for water supply.
“This project commissioning, therefore, further demonstrates that the Buhari administration is committed to completing all viable projects.
“This will have positive impact on the lives of our people without any political sentiments,” the minister said.
Reacting to the gesture, ‘Common Sense Senator,” Senator Ben Bruce said “A lot of children die from consumption of unclean water.
“Many fall sick. You have to spend more to take them to the hospital to get cured,” Ben Bruce said.
He called on the host communities to take ownership of the water project by maintaining it for improvement of livelihood and reducing water borne diseases.
The Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, Serena Dokubo, commended the Federal Government for the project, saying such project was needed in other communities.
Mr. Dokubo said the state would continue to embark on projects that would impact on the lives of the people.
Otuoke is the hometown of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
He was roundly criticized for failing to provide potable water to his home town and neighboring communities despite being in power.
He didn’t do this while as a deputy governor, governor, vice president or president, for 16 years.
NAN reports that about 130,000 people are expected to benefit from the N5.9billion project.