To reactivate moribund water projects in the state, thereby ending shortage of pipe- borne water, Abia State has approached Aspac International, Belgium for a thirty million euros grant.
According to the Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Hon Chidiebere Nwoke, the initial 10m euros of the 30m euros loan-assistance will be with zero interest. He disclosed that the grant is targeted at complete turn-around maintenance of the Umuahia Regional Water Scheme.
He told The Guardian that after thorough investigation into the long lethargic execution of its two major regional water schemes at Umuahia and Aba, it was estimated that while Umuahia Scheme would require complete turn-around maintenance that would cost not less than N3b, that of Aba will involve de-encumbering it from an extant contract
He said the state could not easily raise the sum since its monthly federal allocation has gone below N4b, hence the need to approach Aspac International Group, renowned for assisting many countries to actualise water provision to citizens.