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Water Supply: RSG Releases N100m counterpart fund for RSG/EU NSDP in two LGAs

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has approved the immediate release of N100million  as second tranche  counterpart  fund for the Rivers State Government/European Union  Niger Delta Support Programme (RSG/EU NSDP) for two local government areas.

The State Government  had earlier released the first tranche of counterpart fund of N100million to the  EU Development Partners. The two benefiting local government areas are Akuku-Toru and Opobo-Nkoro.

RSG-EU/NDSP Programme covers: (1) Opobo/Nkoro LGA : Opobo,Nkoro and Kalaibiama (2) Akuku-Toru LGA : Abonnema,Kula and Abissa.

Speaking  during a courtesy visit by the Minister Counsellor of the European Union to Nigeria, Mr. Kurt Cornelis  to the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday , Governor Wike noted that the fact  that the State Government paid the first tranche of 50 percent , proved its commitment to the project.

He said: “I have given the authority that by tomorrow the second tranche of N100million  be paid. Be rest assured  that  whatever  needs to be done , would be done.

“I commend the EU for this programme.  We will never be a state  that will be backwards in water and sanitation  projects”.

The governor urged the implementers of the Niger Delta Support Programme component 3 to be transparent as they award contracts for the projects.

“Water and sanitation remain key because  they are close to the health  of  our communities.  After this project, we expect the EU to give the state more grants, so that we can extend this to more local government areas “, Governor Wike said.

Earlier, the Minister Counselor of the European Union to Nigeria, Mr Kurt Cornelis  called for firm commitment from the State Government  on the payment of the remaining  50 percent counterpart fund  for the RSG/EU NDSP Water and sanitation projects in Two LGAs.

According to him, the payment is required to determine the scope of the programme. He said that contracts for the programme  would be signed on October 26, 2017.

He said: “In principle, we need confirmation of that payment, if we are to carry out 100 percent of the works. We need to take a decision  today about the final scope of projects in Rivers State “.


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