Relief came the way of Kwali community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recently as the Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, commissioned the rehabilitated and upgraded 160m3 Kwali Water-works.
Addressing the residents and guests gathered to witness the occasion, Malam Bello reiterated the commitment of FCT Administration to moving the momentum of infrastructural and social amenities delivery to FCT grassroots in the second half of his Administration.
The Minister also conveyed the gratitude of his Administration to the Messrs CGC Nigeria Ltd for responding positively to the Administration’s appeals to companies doing business in the FCT, to take-up corporate social responsibility projects.
This way, the Minister noted, companies would be partnering with FCT Administration in its efforts to improve the living conditions of FCT residents.
While handing over the project to the Council Chairman and people of Kwali, the Minister urged them to ensure proper maintenance of the waterworks and vigilance over the facilities to guide against vandals.
In his address at the occasion, Managing Director, CGC Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Tony Ye Shuijin, revealed that the rehabilitation and upgrading works executed by the company comprise two mini-water treatment plants, five boreholes, five tanks, 4400 meters of reticulation pipelines as well as 29 water fetching points.
In addition, the power supply system has been changed from generating sets to two solar power panels, which he remarked are cheaper and more reliable. All of these, he indicated, could supply water to over 3000 people.
Mr. Ye Shuijin recalled that M/S CGC Nigeria Ltd began work in Nigeria as a borehole company some 30 years ago but has since grown into a multinational corporation with footprints across the world and interests spanning project consultancy, investments, infrastructure, logistics, and trading.
For him, the gift of this projects to Kwali people signifies their concern for the ordinary folks and the face of China-Africa relationship.
He recalled that way back when the company commissioned its first boreholes in Northern Nigeria, and local residents showered them with gifts of yams and chickens.
For him, it was time to begin to give back to the people, in keeping with the Chinese proverb that “Little drops of beneficial water must be repaid with overflowing gratitude.”
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Coordinator, Satellite Town Development Department, the anchor agency for the project, Hon. Isyaku Yamawo, recalled that the Kwali Waterworks was constructed in 1980 but eventually became defunct due to lack of effective maintenance by past administrations.
He noted that old water scheme was repaired with extension of more pipelines as well as replacement of damaged ones.
He highlighted ongoing efforts by the Administration to move development to the Area Councils by ensuring massive construction of infrastructure and social amenities.
By Idu Jude Abuja