Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has assured the Small Town Water Supply and Sanitation Agency of government’s support towards propagating the activities of the agency in the state.
Mr Aniagwu gave the assurance when the Managing Director, Engr. Anthony Oriefe and some principal officials of the agency paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Asaba, the state capital.
The commissioner, who commended the agency for doing a good job, assured them of a spotlight in the SMART DELTA documentary series and the state owned media outfits to portray their activities to the public at no cost.
According to Mr. Aniagwu, the agency’s main task was to provide water in every community and sustain the already existing water facilities in the state.
“As a form of sustainability, a monitoring team should be set up to move around and monitor and carryout a proper geographic feasibility study so as to create a target, tailored towards the uniqueness of each community,” the commissioner said.
Earlier, the Managing Director of the Agency, Engr Oriefe, explained that the agency was created to manage, control, establish and oversee all existing state owned water infrastructures in collaboration with other relevant agencies and ministries in every aspect of water supply for small towns.
Engr. Oriefe added that the vision of the agency was to provide sustainable and reliable water supply in urban and semi urban areas of the state by 2023.
He stated that the construction of the Edu Water Supply Scheme was 25% done, adding that the agency had trained some plumbers and artisans on how to manage the scheme.
He however outlined constrains of the agency to include lack of operational logistics, inadequate budgetary provision, inadequate staff and lack of overhead and operational impress and ,most importantly, lack of media coverage.