Gov. Peter Obi yesterday advised residents of Onitsha and its environs not to drink the water coming from taps in Onitsha yet until they were advised otherwise. Gov. Obi gave this advice yesterday during the inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Greater Onitsha Water Scheme. “For now, the water can be used for washing, but not for drinking as what you are witnessing now is the testing of the distribution points and repair of old and burst pipes, the purification of the water has not commenced,” Obi said.

1425742_612935372104112_1532033063_nSpeaking further, the Governor said that the delay in the rehabilitation of the Onitsha Water Scheme was due to the fact that the State, according to her plans, first embarked on immediate and short term plans for water supply in the state, which involved boreholes and the building of Small Water Town Schemes before embarking on the rehabilitation of major schemes. “Due to the enormity of the damage to Onitsha Water Scheme, we had many challenges trying to fix it, but we are now happy that the work is now going on very well and is being handled by a competent contractor”, Obi said.

Gov. Obi was conducted round the facilities under rehabilitation at Onitsha, starting from Nkisi Water Works, through various distribution points/hydrants to Okpoko by the State Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr. Emeka Nwankwu, accompanied by the Project Manager of PCI Africa, the firm handling the job, Mr. Mike Pretorics and the Executive Director, Mr. Cletus Azih. They showed the Governor the extent of the work already done and what remained to be done and assured that everything would be completed before the end of Obi’s tenure.

Meanwhile, Gov. Obi also presented a cheque of N50m Naira to Holy Rosary hospital, Waterside, Onitsha, for the completion of one of th projects the State Governemt is building in the Hospital – Laboratory Complex – in the spirit of partnership with the Church.

Receiving the Cheque, the Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev Dr. Valerian Okeke, said that Gov. Obi had proved to be a vessel in the hands of God for the rebuilding of Anambra State. He said it was instructive that he was still doing so much for the state in spite of the fact that election had come and gone and that in any case, the Governor had completed his tenure

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