Governor Seriake Dickson
Segun James in Yenagoa
Bayelsa State Government Thursday disclosed that after 17 years, water would run in public taps again in Yenagoa, the state capital.
This followed the reticulation of pipe borne water to all parts of the city in a move which is geared towards ensuring that it cuts across all local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner for Water Resources, Dein Benadoumene, who disclosed this while conducting journalists on tour of projects being undertaken by his ministry, explained that his ministry expended about N600 million for the rehabilitation and upgrading of all existing water plants in Yenagoa in 2012.
At the Ovom water works, Benadoumene explained that the state government had increased the water supply capacity from 380,000 to 750,000 litres per day.
Before now, following the rapid development of Yenagoa and the collapse of the public water supply system, the people were relying more on private built boreholes than government supply water system, which had collapsed.
Besides this, Benadoumene also disclosed that 13 land-locked rural communities in the state were to be provided with portable drinking water immediately as they were not assessable by water or near any waterways.
The commissioner listed some of the projects already completed by his ministry to include dedicated water scheme for the new secretariat complex, old and new state House of Assembly quarters’ water projects, as well as new commissioners’ quarters and the Government House water project.
Benadoumene stressed that so far, the ministry has completed a total of 13 projects since the coming of the Hon. Seriake Dickson-led administration in February last year, while others were on-going ones.