Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FCT water board records over N100m monthly revenue

The General Manager of FCT Water Board, Engr. Aliyu Nahuche, has revealed that the revenue collection of the water board has increased geometrically with a monthly revenue of over N100million.

He also added that the Abuja comprehensive water project for the Abaji Area Council has reached 98 percent completion.

He stated this at the opening of 25th regular meeting of National Council on Water Resources held in Abuja, with the theme: 'Increased Investment for Accelerated Coverage of Water Supply and Sanitation in Nigeria'. 

Nahuche recalled that since 2016 when the FCT Administration co-hosted the 23rd Regular Council meeting, the water sector in the territory has witnessed tremendous and remarkable achievements.

"The FCT Administration has invested tremendously into the water supply system of Abuja. The Turn Around Maintenance, TAM, of our 30, 000m3/hrs combined capacity treatment plants has improved our water production capacity, supply coverage has increased to some unreserved areas.

"Through the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) our Non Revenue Water, NRW, has reduced and we are now extending the knowledge to other areas," Nahuche affirmed.

Speaking on the challenges of water supply and distribution, Nahuche tasked council members to look into increase investments to accelerate the coverage of water supply and sanitation to the growing population of Nigeria, noting that while population is increasing, water infrastructure is deteriorating.

According to him, "there is no gain saying, some states are fairly doing well, while some states are not. This gathering should also look into how we can have a seamless success across all states of the federation".

In his keynote address, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Chinyeaka Ohaa, reassured the residents of the FCT Administration's commitment to improving water supply in the territory through the harnessing of water resources. 

Ohaa said the administration was ensuring that the Lower Usman Dam water treatment remains the largest water treatment plant in Abuja and beyond, while disclosing that FCTA had trained its personnel that would be working on all the dams for effective harnessing of water resources across the capital.   

 

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