Lawmaker Commissions Water Scheme In Rivers Community

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Participants and facilitators at the Capacity Building Workshop for African Union member States on Accessing Green Climate Fund (GCF), organised by the African Union Scientific, Technical and Research Commission in Abuja, recently.

The lawmaker representing Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Awajinombek D. Abiante has commissioned a potable water scheme in Oyorokoto community in Andoni Local Government Area.
The scheme, which was part of his campaign promises to the people has a capacity of producing five thousand gallons of water per day.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara said Hon. Abiante should be commended for attracting the project to the community.
Rt. Hon. Dogara, who was represented by the member representing Bonny/Degema Federal Constituency, Hon Randolph Brown described the project as a testimony to the quality of representations of lawmakers from Rivers State in the National Assembly.
He however regretted that despite the continuous surge of ocean especially coastal erosion as a result of climate change, more attention is being paid to desertification in the Northern part of the country.
Also speaking, Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike commended Hon. Abiante for attracting projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.
The Governor, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Works, Hon. Dumnamene Deekor, said that if the fishing industry in the community is well harnessed, the economy of the state would be improved.
The Governor also directed the Chairman of Andoni Local Government Area to liaise with the community with the view to setting up a committee to manage the water scheme.
Earlier, Hon. Awajinombek Abiante, said that the project was a product of his continuous engagements with the authority, particularly the leadership of the House, adding that the situation led to the approval of the water scheme by the Speaker, Rt Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
The lawmaker said that further upgrading of the scheme including reticulation is needed to improve its standard and quality.
Hon Abiante also commended Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and the Inspector- General of Police for approving a division of the Marine Police at Oyorokoto but added that projects included in the budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) are yet to be executed in the area.
The Oyorokoto community which spoke through Prince Martin Isaruk lamented the continuous threat to the security of the community by hoodlums and urged for action on the construction of a Police Division in the area.
Prince Isaruk also called on the Andoni Local Government Council to assist the community with resources and personnel to maintain the water scheme.