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N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by ijustdey: 8:18pm On Jan 28, 2020
The inability of the Bayelsa State government to run a water project handed over to it by the Federal Government has led to the wastage of N5.9 billion and lack of potable water in the state, writes MIKE ODIEGWU.

There is no potable water in Bayelsa State. While people in the rural areas depend heavily on polluted rivers, rivulets and streams for water, those living in Yenagoa, the state capital, buy water from vendors, mostly northerners, who purchase in gallons from privately-owned boreholes.

On September 9, 2016, the Federal Government inaugurated a massive water intervention scheme, the Central Ogbia Regional Water Supply Project in Bayelsa State.

The project, which gulped N5.9 billion, was sited at Otuoke, the community of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.

The inauguration, which was greeted with fanfare, brought fresh hope to the people, especially the downtrodden, who since the creation of Bayelsa State had been denied access to potable water. The project inuaguration made people to heave a sigh of relief.

While the then Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, led Federal Government’s entourage to inaugurate the project, the then Secretary to Bayelsa State Government (SSG), Chief Serena Dokubo, led the state delegation.

The project was not designed to serve Otuoke alone, it was established to provide potable water to 13 Ogbia communities to be extended to Yenagoa, the state capital.

Adamu acknowledged the importance of adequate water supply, adding that it was a crucial aspect of social and economic development.

“The project we are inaugurating today is among the high priority projects for water supply. This project commissioning, therefore, further demonstrates that the Buhari administration is committed to completing all viable projects that have a positive impact on the lives of our people without any political sentiments,” the minister had said.

He tasked the host communities to take ownership of the water project by maintaining it for improvement of livelihood and reducing water-borne diseases.

Serena Dokubo, who represented Governor Seriake Dickson, at the event, commended the Federal Government for the project, saying such a project was needed in other communities.

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, who then represented Bayelsa East said: “A lot of children die from consumption of unclean water, a lot fall sick, you have to spend more to take them to the hospital to get cured.”

However, all those hopes and promises have become a mirage. The project, which had the Fibow Petroleum Engineering Consult Nigeria Limited and the NARDA Limited, as contractors, died shortly after it was inaugurated and handed over to the state government.

For a few weeks, the people surrounded taps at designated areas in their communities to fetch water flowing from the facility. They were excited. But the excitement was ephemeral.
They woke up one day and met the tap dry and against their expectations the taps have remained dry for over three years.

The project has become a sorry sight and an unpardonable waste of public resources. Standing on the bumpy, portholed road leading to Otuoke before the Otuoke bridge, it is difficult to see the walls of the fence securing the facility. The fence has been overgrown by weeds.

Only two massive elevated tanks and a faded project’s signpost can indicate to a visitor that a serious project was once inuagurated in the area.
Walking through the unpaved sandy path leading to the project site, it is common to see women and children carrying buckets or gallons of water trekking out of the site to their homes inside the community.

“We come here to fetch water directly from the tank in that complex because our taps are no longer running. We walk many kilometres to get the water,” one of the residents with a dejected look said as she walked slowly on the sandy road with a bucket of water on her head.

Inside the complex, the taps located at strategic points have also been overgrown by weeds. Water no longer flows from them.

The generator house has gathered dust and cobwebs. The place looked desolate as no feet appeared to have walked its path for a long time. A massive CAT generator installed to power activities in the complex has been abandoned.
Curiously, the offices and apartments built for water workers in the complex have been rented out to some families and students.

The occupants spread their washed cloths on the walls and windows of the buildings. Some of them were seen making fire within the compound to cook their food. No guard secures the gate.

Six massive tanks, two sitting on raised platforms and others on the ground are almost covered by bush.

“This project has failed,” one of the occupants, who spoke in confidence said. “We now live here and pay rent to the community. We pay N30,000 per room to the Otuoke Community Development Committee (CDC). We pay every year.

“All the rooms and apartments have been occupied. Some students of the Federal University, Otuoke also pay rents to stay here. We are not happy that the project has failed. You can see that even the taps within this complex are not working.

“We live on a waterworks site, yet, we buy sachets water to drink. We are begging all the stakeholders of this project to make it work again. When it was commissioned, it worked for some weeks and stopped,” she said.
When The Nation visited the Deputy Paramount Ruler of Otuoke, Chief Otazi Moses, he refused to talk about it.

Also, the Otuoke CDC Chairman, Robert Oru, said he needed a clearance from the Paramount Ruler of the community before he could speak on any matter concerning the community.

“Everybody wants to know something about Otuoke. So, I won’t talk to you until I get clearance from our king,” he said.

When reminded that the people in the community and other areas were suffering because the project was not working, Oru stuck to his guns.
But the CDC Chairman of Otu-Aba, a neighbouring community to Otuoke, Sunday Afili, lamented the inability of the project to live up to its benefits.

He said: “The project was a good one. We were happy that our community was part of those to benefit from it. But when it stopped almost immediately it was inaugurated, we became sad.
“Look at the tap over there,” pointing at one of the dried taps, “we once went there to fetch potable water. We no longer depended on the river behind me. That river is always polluted.

“But now the project is not working and we are suffering. We don’t know why it stopped. Nobody has told us. I know a lot of money was spent there. Whatever the problem is, they should make it work,” he said.

But some Ogbia indigenes blamed the government of Seriake Dickson for abandoning the project. They alleged that it was one of the ways Dickson used in expressing his hatred for Ogbia people.

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by slimfit1(m): 8:44pm On Jan 28, 2020
Those people deserve what they get.

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by Kreamie(m): 7:53am On Jan 29, 2020
Nigeria my dear country..


1 step forward


10 steps backwards cry cry cry

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by Nobody: 7:53am On Jan 29, 2020
Later they will be complaining that north is their problem... North is developing despite it poverty....

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by ursullalinda(f): 7:54am On Jan 29, 2020
That Dickson is a confirmed big for nothing......I said it earlier that if he had performed ........rigging would have been difficult in Bayelsa.......but his people were tired of him or who he has to offer.

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by Sammy07: 7:54am On Jan 29, 2020
Imagine...

Nigeria is irredeemable

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by huptin(m): 7:54am On Jan 29, 2020
When the people of Bayelsa voted out that nonsense governor, some people were saying nonsense, how can you fail at giving your people basic amenities but expect your people to keep voting for you just because you are in PDP?

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by StrikeBack(m): 7:54am On Jan 29, 2020


Where is the 5bn??

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by TechCapon(m): 7:54am On Jan 29, 2020
5.9 billion for water tanks, pumping machine and generator. Dickson and Jonathan are failures to their people. Small state with big allocation. Bad leaders

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by Houseofglam7(f): 7:54am On Jan 29, 2020
Pathetic indeed

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by emirateprince: 7:54am On Jan 29, 2020
Dick son angry

Dick head

Dick attitude angry

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by DCmonster: 7:55am On Jan 29, 2020
Governor dickhead is a failure!

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by MorataFC: 7:55am On Jan 29, 2020
On September 9, 2016, the Federal Government inaugurated a massive water intervention scheme, the Central Ogbia Regional Water Supply Project in Bayelsa State.

The project, which gulped N5.9 billion, was sited at Otuoke, the community of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
I can't believe this, so it means for 6 years that GEJ was the president of this country he could not provide portable water for his community? Pathetic
That reminds me of OBJ too after 8 good years as Nigeria president if you see the road that leads to his own town you will sorry for him.
This what northerners will not fail to do, they will enrich their (friends grin) community.

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by helinues: 7:55am On Jan 29, 2020
With less than 3 m population...

Bayelsa people, I bow for una

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by ZombieHUNT: 7:55am On Jan 29, 2020
Nothing good can ever come out of Nigeria....



The country needs to be disbanded

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by fortsierafino(m): 7:55am On Jan 29, 2020
Seriake Dickson should be blamed

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by GamalNasser: 7:55am On Jan 29, 2020
We we this country is filled with human satans we know what we are saying ..NIGERIA IS NOT READY

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by KIDfurniture(m): 7:55am On Jan 29, 2020
Na wa o. .5.9billy
Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by Kaybaba5(m): 7:56am On Jan 29, 2020
God help us in Nigeria
Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by solmusdesigns: 7:56am On Jan 29, 2020
cool



Until we stop electing salary earners and start electing proven wealth creator and enterprenuers nothing would change

Salary earners like Military Generals (Obasanjo, Ibb, Buhari)and Lecturers(Jonathan and Yaradua) have failed us

No matter what, an Enterprenuer can never watch an Asset depriciate and rot away, he will always put it to use and tax and levy people benefiting from it



,.

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by Jinyjagz(m): 7:56am On Jan 29, 2020
God!!! 5.9 billion !! Chai, well is not that much sha
Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by RealLordZeus(m): 7:56am On Jan 29, 2020
Now what do we say to this! You lack resources, FG provide, to maintain am, una no fit. Small time we go take turns abuse Buhari.
Las las we go dey alright

fasho01:
This is exactly what happens when projects are executed, not for the benefit of the community, but to embezzle

So sad
Did u even read the article! The project was sited because there is no portable water in the community, they depend on sachet water to survive and yet you believe the project was not executed for the community bla bla bla. I shake my head for you

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by Pearlyakin(m): 7:56am On Jan 29, 2020
slimfit1:
Those people deserve what they get.
You need a knock on your head undecided

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by fasho01(m): 7:56am On Jan 29, 2020
This is exactly what happens when projects are executed, not for the benefit of the community, but to embezzle

So sad

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Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by IrohCaysen: 7:56am On Jan 29, 2020
solmusdesigns:
Until we stop electing salary earners nothing would change
Re: N5.9b Water Project Rots In Otuoke, Ogbia - Bayelsa - Jonathan’s Town by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:56am On Jan 29, 2020
There is no potable water in Bayelsa State. While people in the rural areas depend heavily on polluted rivers, rivulets and streams for water, those living in Yenagoa, the state capital, buy water from vendors, mostly northerners, who purchase in gallons from privately-owned boreholes.

On September 9, 2016
, the Federal Government inaugurated a massive water intervention scheme, the Central Ogbia Regional Water Supply Project in Bayelsa State.

The project, which gulped N5.9 billion, was sited at Otuoke, the community of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.


The inauguration, which was greeted with fanfare, brought fresh hope to the people, especially the downtrodden, who since the creation of Bayelsa State had been denied access to potable water. The project inuaguration made people to heave a sigh of relief.

The project was not designed to serve Otuoke alone, it was established to provide potable water to 13 Ogbia communities to be extended to Yenagoa, the state capital.


Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, who then represented Bayelsa East said: “A lot of children die from consumption of unclean water, a lot fall sick, you have to spend more to take them to the hospital to get cured.
So Jonathan couldn't provide water for just 13 local government in his state including his village for the 6 whole years he was the President?!

Same Buhari some foolish souls are cursing and abusing daily brought water to Jonathan's hometown and handed over to the State Government and yet, they could not maintain it!
And they keep saying Buhari is their problem in life!
Obviously, some people embezzled this 5 BILLION NAIRA! shocked

We don't want to type much on this shameful situation.
We are simply short of words!

It is only God that can help us in this nation.
The masses are not ready to help themselves obviously.

The hypocritical masses that will never ask questions from their leaders, but rather continue in their Hypocritical lifestyle will continue to suffer it.

This is the real definition of SHAMELESSNESS!!
There was a nation!


We wrote this below, over a year ago on Nairaland,
We never knew, the same sets of thieves and looters will still come out to do what they know how to do best......

Abandoned projects are being resuscitated nationwide. Recently, the N5.9 BILLION water project in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, came on stream.
It was not achieved when a native of the area was President.
The Lagos-Otta-Abeokuta road has been awarded. It was not done when a son of the area was in power.
The dredging of Warri port for N13 billion has been awarded.
Was it awarded when a native of the region was in office for six years?
Nigeria is making tremendous progress, and things can only get better.




RealLordZeus:
Now what do we say to this! You lack resources, FG provide, to maintain am, una no fit. Small time we go take turns abuse Buhari.
Las las we go dey alright
Las las we go dey alright.
You've said it all.
To some criminals, they will still continue to say Buhari is their problem!
They will all be alright las las...
What a shame!

Mymynd4u:
Later they will be complaining that north is their problem... North is developing despite it poverty....
True that!

Do you all noticed how the 6 monikers that are always on the FP cursing their country 24/7 and support the looters and criminals that raped our country for 16 years all neglected this thread....Not even one of them showed up?
That is one of their Characteristics : HYPOCRISY!!

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