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Enugu targets N100m monthly revenue from water, moves to improve supply

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EEDC decries incessant attacks on power installations in S’East

The Enugu State Government is targeting monthly revenue of N100 million from water as it plans to boost supply to residents from 40,000 cubic meters to 180,000 cubic meters in the next one year.

The government, which said it recently secured a credit facility of $50 million from the French Development Agency (AFD), explained that the facility would assist ongoing maintenance, rehabilitation and expansion to meet the state’s daily consumption of 150,000 cubic meters.

Chairman, Enugu State Water Corporation Board, Innocent O. Diyoke, who spoke while briefing reporters, yesterday, said that perennial water scarcity in the state would end with the current administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

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Diyoke, whose board was inaugurated three months ago, reiterated state government’s efforts to restore regular water supply to the state as well as revamp the water sector to contribute to the revenues of the state.

He also said that the current measures would cover the entire Enugu metropolis and Nsukka.

IN another development, the Enugu Electricity Distribution (EEDC) Plc has decried the incessant attacks on its power installations across the South-East.

The EEDC’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, disclosed yesterday in Enugu that some vandals attacked Magbuwa II distribution substation in Akwaeze Village, Aniocha Local Council of Anambra State.

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He said that the assistance of the Akwaeze vigilante team led to the arrest of two suspects. He identified the suspects as Odom Sunday, a native of Ozara in Agwu Local Council, Enugu State and Okwuchukwu Nweze, a native of Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Council, Anambra State.

Ezeh confirmed that the suspects, along with the recovered vandalised items and a Nissan Hummer bus used for the operation, had been handed over to the Police Area Command, Uga, for further investigation and possible prosecution.

He stated that the attack was one out of so many that had taken place within the EEDC network in the past two months.
Ezeh, who commended vigilante groups and government security agencies for their support and roles played in the apprehension of vandals and enjoined them not to relent, appealed to consumers to adopt an ownership attitude towards power installations sited within their environment, adding that the fight against vandalism was a collective effort of both customers and EEDC, and could only be achieved if all hands were on deck.

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