By Dipo Olowookere
A water project has been inaugurated by the Federal Government in Bayelsa State.
Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, who inaugurated the project on Thursday, said 13 communities, including Otuoke, hometown of the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, would benefit from it.
Mr Adamu called on the host communities to take ownership of the Central Ogbia Regional Water Supply Project by maintaining it for improvement of livelihood and reducing water borne diseases in the area.
The Minister noted that adequate water supply for human and livestock production was a crucial aspect of social and economic development.
He said the recently launched roadmap on water resources underscore the need for short and long term strategies for effective and efficient delivery of water to the people.
“The project we are inaugurating today is among the high priority projects for water supply.
“This project commissioning, therefore, further demonstrates that the Buhari administration is committed to completing all viable projects that have positive impact on the lives of our people without any political sentiments,’’ the minister said.
The Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, Mr Serena Dokubo, commended the Federal Government for the project, saying such project was needed in other communities.
Mr Dokubo said the state would continue to embark on project that would impact on the lives of the people.
Speaking at the occasion, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (Bayelsa East), noted that lives were saved every time a water project was inaugurated.
“A lot of children die from consumption of unclean water, a lot fall sick, you have to spend more to take them to the hospital to get cured,” Murray-Bruce said.