FG Issues Stern Warning to Water Contractors, Commences 72 Boreholes in Five States

FG Issues Stern Warning to Water Contractors, Commences 72 Boreholes in Five States

Folalumi Alaran in Abuja

The Federal Government have issued a stern warning to water contractors on Thursday, emphasizing its uncompromising stance on substandard contracts in the execution of the Expanded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) projects.

The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation Prof. Joseph Utsev, delivered this warning during the launch of the 2022/2023 PEWASH project implementation in Abuja.

The project involves the construction of 72 water boreholes, incorporating solar-powered technology, across five states, with the primary objective of eliminating the persistent issues associated with inadequate water supply.

Represented by the Director of Water Supply Nichola Madu, Utsev stressed that the federal government had initiated “Counterpart Projects Matching” based on the PEWASH Protocol, which was signed in collaboration with the five State Governments.

He highlighted that the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector had been plagued by challenges, including recurrent water supply system failures, primarily caused by non-compliance with contract specifications and substandard construction practices, leading to the abandonment of dysfunctional systems.

Utsev started, “The Ministry places great importance on the qualitative and timely delivery of projects to the rural communities it serves. Therefore, any transfer of contracts between parties, deviations from the contract’s specifications, terms, and conditions, as well as delays in contract execution, will not be tolerated.”

He concluded by urging all stakeholders to adhere strictly to the established guidelines from project commencement to completion.

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