The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mr. Istifanus Musa has clarified the current status of Okpella Water Supply Project in Etsako LGA of Edo State.
Mr. Istifanus, who made the clarification in a statement issued on 27 February, 2015 in his office, said the project was one of the on-going projects that have not been completed due to insufficient funding. However, it was listed among the projects that were documented by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources at the inception of the present administration for completion.
It should be recalled that the project was initially awarded by the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) in 1998, and was later transferred to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, after the winding down of the PTF, in 2000.
According to the Permanent Secretary, “the contract was initially awarded at the sum of N321,190,848.41 advance payment, made by PTF was N157,860,865.74; certified works by PTF (supply of pipes and fittings) was N262,458,447.76; and the liabilities inherited by the Ministry was N104,597,582.04. The Ministry has so far made payment of N60,000,000 .00.”
At the inception of the administration, Mr. Istifanus said that “the Ministry undertook a nationwide assessment of several abandoned projects in the water sector, including the Okpella Water Supply Project which was estimated to cost N800,000,000.00 and documented them properly for completion by the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
The project was later reviewed by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to N789,934,486.00, in 2011 to ensure its completion. However, due to funding constraints, the project was only provided for in the appropriation years 2012-2014, with the total releases of and payment of N60,000,000 only in the years 2012 and 2014.