The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Environment, has commissioned and handed over a 500,000 cubic metres water scheme to communities in Ogoni land, in Rivers State.
The scheme, which was flagged off on March 2, 2022, is the second under the six lots of projects in the first phase of the Emergency Water Intervention for Ogoni Communities.
Speaking during commissioning of the scheme in Barako, Gokana Council, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Ibrahim Yusufu, said the water plant has an installed storage capacity of 250 cubic metres, with a 10-kilometer reticulation stretch connecting households.
According to him, following the presidential inauguration of Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) on June 2, 2016, the ministry had consistently made efforts to recover lost grounds, ensuring timely delivery of emergency intervention projects, in line with recommendations of the United Nations Environment (UN Environment) report on the Environmental Restoration of Ogoni land, 2011.
He further assured of the ministry’s commitment to delivering the rest four lots of the projects before the end of the year in Alesa and Agboachia Boosters Station (awarded to Cobef International Ltd); Nsisioken, Ogale & Ebubu Booster Station (awarded to Duliz Dredging.