Edo state commissioner for Energy and Water Resources, Yekini Idaiye, has revealed that 200 communities will benefit from the N2 billion water project being executed by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in conjunction with the State Government.
Idaiye said UNICEF would provide N1.4 billion while the state would provide N600 million, which will constitute about 30 per cent of the amount.
He said the projects would be cited in communities spread across Owan West, Orhionmwon, Uhunmwode, Ovia North East and Etsako West Local Government Areas with a total population of no fewer than 200, 000.
‘‘These communities were carefully selected following a baseline survey across the state. In the survey, it was discovered that the selected communities lacked access to potable water,” he told NAN.
‘‘It will interest you to know that the project is not just all about provision of water; it includes improving the sanitation of the communities by addressing the issue of open defecation.
‘‘What I am trying to say is that toilet facilities would be available in public places such as schools, health centres and markets in the benefiting communities.
‘‘Contracts for these projects will be awarded before the end of September as we have already advertised for these projects.’’