The need for stake holders, especially staff of Urban Water Board and Delta State Water Regulatory Commission, to key into Government’s resolve to provide potable water for Deltans has been stressed.
Mr. Martins Okonta, Commissioner for Water Resources, gave the charge yesterday during Delta State Inter-Ministerial WASH Steering Committee Meeting held yesterday in Asaba.
Hon. Okonta stated that over the years successive governments have been engaging in activities geared towards providing potable water for citizens but this have not been realized due to poor execution of projects, lack of effective monitoring, poor funding among others.
He further said that the government of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, this time around, was ready to get it right hence the need to partner with key stakeholders like USAID who has been advocating for quality water supply and E –WASH.
The Commissioner said that to underline the importance Government attached to achieve the desired result, Delta State Water Regulatory Commission has been charged to carry out their duties religiously and ensure that stakeholders like the consumers were carried along so as to achieve set goals.
On funding to achieve the desired goals, the Commissioner stated that all over the world, provision of portable water is not free hence consumers would be expected to pay the stipulated fees in order to ensure the sustainability of the programme, noting that Government has shown serious commitment to the success of the project by installing water treatment plants in Asaba and Ughelli.
In his goodwill message, the Hon. Commissioner for Information Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu noted that over the years, most Chief Executives do not allow schedule Officers carry out their schedules and that is why projects were poorly executed with nobody to account for the lapses.
The Commissioner frowned at the way some projects don’t stand the test of time, despite government’s huge investment, hence the need for Schedule Officers especially in the Water Sector, who are professionals, to monitor projects and be held accountable for any lapses that may arise due to poor execution of same projects.
In the same vein the Chairman Delta State Urban Water Board Talib Tebite also stated that the E- WASH Seminar was a way to learn more and as well as synergize with all stake holders to achieve the desire of the State Government in providing safe and clean water .
He used the forum to thank USAID E-WASH Program Delta State Team who made the meeting to be possible.
It would be recalled that in his avowed commitment towards providing portable water for all Deltans the Governor of Delta State Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa on May, 7, 2019 constituted the Delta State WASH Steering committee where he a declared State of Emergency on Water and Sanitation.