Water Scarcity: Ebonyi Govt Issues 48-hours Ultimatum to Ministry

BY Amuche Agbo, Abakaliki

Ebonyi State Government under the leadership Engr. David Nweze Umahi has directed a 48-hour ultimatum to restore public water supply to Abakaliki and its environs by the ministry in charge.

The State Commissioner for Information and orientation Barr Orji Uchenna Orji disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the weekly State Executive Council Meeting in Abakaliki.

Orji said that regular water supply among other issues dominated discussions at the Executive Council meeting.

According to him, the governor was concerned about the epileptic water supply and vowed to tackle the problems militating against regular and effective supply.

“The executives discussed the need for effective water supply and gave a directive that within 48 hours, the ministry must tackle all problems hindering water supply.

“You do know that we have gigantic water schemes at Oferekpe, Ikwo Local Government Area, Ukawu, Onicha Local Government Area. The Ezilo Regional Water Scheme is being renovated and we have one in Ivo ongoing and in Uburu.

“Water is very critical and it is one of those essential social amenities that the government must provide for the people of Ebonyi. All efforts are being made to ensure that water is provided especially to those in the capital city,” the commissioner said.

He noted that the State Government would do everything humanly possible to ensure regular water supply in Abakaliki and other parts of the state in no distant time.

The Commissioner further announced the redeployment of some permanent secretaries including Mrs. Blessing Ezeoke who was in SUBEB to the ministry of lands and survey, Dr. Mary Okoro was redeployed from ministry of Agriculture and natural to the Universal basic education board among others.

The Exco meeting witnessed the swearing in of Mrs. Williams Mfon from River State as the permanent Secretary ministry of Finance and economic development.

Orji added that a committee made up of executive council members was set to monitor and supervise the activities and operation of Ebubeagu security outfit in the State.