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HYPPADEC awards N1.2bn water project in Niger

The Hydro Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) has awarded contract worth over N1.2 billion for the reticulation and total overhaul of the New Bussa water works in Borgu Local Government Council of Niger state to ease their water needs.

Managing Director, HYPPADEC, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa, who announced the contract sum at New Bussa, headquarters of Borgu Local Government Council, said when completed, the project will bring an end to more than 20 years of water scarcity in the area and it’s environs.

Alhaji Yelwa, however, warned that the contract would be revoked if the contractor failed to abide by stipulated “terms and conditions”, stressing that duration of the project was no more than six months.

Represented by the Director, Community and Rural Development Directorate, Dr Mahmud Mohammed, the HYPPADEC MD described the project as crucial in view of its importance to the well-being of members of New Bussa community. He charged them to support as well as “take ownership” of the project for “maximum results”. 

On his part, the Director, Operations, Ilyasu Abdullahi Wara said the project consists of technical and booster station, one million litres pump house and tank rehabilitation, utility vehicles, laboratory equipment, reticulation system and seven kilometre expansion of distribution, rehabilitation of entire building and three kilometre expansion of old township expansion and maintenance, among other things.

A staff of the Niger State Water and Sewage Corporation, Gimba Isah said the project would no doubt assist in providing healthy and portable water supply to the communities. He called for their support and understanding to succeed.

Chairman, Borgu Local Government Council, Alhaji  Suleiman Yerima appreciated the gesture by HYPPADEC, saying it would go a long way in reducing their hardship.

The Emir of Borgu, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Dantoro, represented by the Wazirin Borgu, Alhaji Bala Sa’adu, wondered why despite is people’s “contributions to the country’s economy”, they have been neglected in the past. He thanked the commission for the  intervention.

Reporting by Aliyu Lawal; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tony Okerafor