$470 million Abuja water project suffers setback 

More than five years after the conceptualisation of the $470 million Greater Abuja Water Project, the federal government is yet to release a 20% counterpart fund for the execution and delivery of the project.

Addressing senators and reporters at the site of the project being handled by China Geo-engineering Company (CGC ), the Project Manager, Zhong Xiang, said that while China Exim Bank had released $150 million, the Federal Government of Nigeria is yet to release any portion of the 20% counterpart fund.

Xiang who made the disclosure on Monday during an oversight tour of the Senate Committee on FCT on various projects being executed across the various districts said what was earlier considered to be a legacy project is seriously threatened now, as far as execution and delivery are concerned.

“This project is conceptualised to boost water supply across the various districts in the Federal Capital Territory but what is delaying its full-blown execution, is the failure of the federal government of Nigeria to meet her own obligation,” he stated.

“As handlers of the project, we appeal to the Hon Minister and Distinguished Senators to please help in facilitating the release of the 20% counterpart funding.”

He also informed the Senate Committee on the FCT about the various projects being executed across the various districts in the Federal Capital Territory.

He regretted that the Water Project, considered to be a legacy project was seriously being threatened now as far as execution and delivery are concerned.

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