The Federal Government on Wednesday approved a contract for the construction of Greater Abuja Water Supply Project at the total cost of $470m.
It also approved a contract of N186m for the supply of 1,000 tons of alum for the FCT Water Board.
FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, disclosed these to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo.
He was joined by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma.
Bello said the Greater Abuja Water Supply Project was important for the residents of the city because it aimed to provide potable water to the greater part of the city.
He said the project would be funded by the China-EXIM Bank.
He said, “Water supply to the city based on the master plan has not been able to extend to other phases of the city and the intention of this project which is being funded by the China-EXIM Bank is to provide water to what we called loops one, two, five and six.
“The overall master plan for the city has 10 loops. Already, loops three and four are currently operational, providing water to Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and the Central Business District.
“With these new additional four loops, water is going to be extended to other very critical districts of the city.”
He said the project was in line with the present administration’s policy of concentrating on the projects that would have the largest impact on the largest number of people.
Justifying the contract for the supply of alum, Bello said the provision of potable water to residents was government’s priority.
He said the supply would be done by an indigenous manufacturing company in line with the government’s local content policy.
“This segment of activities now will involve an additional employment of Nigerian professionals as well as artisans and also non-skilled labour,” he said.