Enugu partners World Bank to boost urban water supply
January 27, 2006
Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has pledged the state government's willingness to partner with the World Bank and the federal government for the provision of potable water and clean environmental sanitation in urban centers of the state.

He stated this in Enugu when he received in audience a joint delegation of the World Bank and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Enugu.

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, stressed that water and sanitation as key ingredients of the Millennium Development Goals are crucial for the health and socio-economic welfare of the people.

He noted that the population of Enugu capital city has outstripped the water supply resources of the city and conceded that a lot needed to be done to improve the
distribution networks in urban centers of the state.

However, the Governor added that Enugu State as a leading reform-minded state would re-double its efforts to ensure that this essential commodity is adequately
provided to the people.

Earlier in his speech, the World Bank's water and sanitation specialist, Mr. Alexander McPhail, had stated that the delegation was in Enugu to evaluate the status of water resources in the city, go back to Washington and determine how the World Bank could assist the state.

He noted that meeting the Millennium Development Goals with respect to water and sanitation is the main goal of the World Bank, adding that about $400 million has so far been spent for that purpose in Nigeria.

Mr. McPhail commended Governor Nnamani for the excellent job he is doing in Enugu State, adding that they had received the SEEDS document and had seen how well things were organized in Enugu State.


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