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Cross River, UK firm to enhance water availability

03 February 2014, 08:33

Abuja - The Cross River State Government has signed a pact with Lilleker Brothers, a United Kingdom firm, for the execution of N3,7 billion World Bank-assisted second National Urban Water Sector Reform Project for the Ikom Water Supply Scheme.

Speaking at the signing ceremony for the 500 cubic meters Water Scheme in Calabar, the Deputy State Governor, Efiok Cobham expressed delight at the project and urged the contractor to deliver on specification, bearing in mind the need for global quality and timeliness.

He stressed the critical role of water, which necessitated the pursuit of the project.

Cobham maintained that upon completion, 80 percent of the people of the state would have access to clean water supply to improve their living conditions.

“Without access to potable water Supply, there is no way we can meet the Minimum Development Goals (MDGs),” he said.

He pledged the state government's readiness to ensure that its target progammes and project would impact on the lives of citizens, especially those in rural areas.

Engineer Elemi Etowa, who signed the contract on behalf of the state government, disclosed that 12 global companies tendered for the job.

He said Lilleker Brothers was chosen as preferred bidder after a transparent process.

He added that the scheme was one of the largest to be executed in the State.

Managing Director of Lilleker Brothers Engineer Trevor Ralton, thanked the Government for the confidence it showed in the company.

He promised to deliver on specification and solicited full cooperation of all stakeholders in the course of executing the project.

- CAJ News


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