The World Bank on Wednesday, says all arrangements have been concluded to ensure that adequate compensations are paid to owners of property affected by the water reform project being undertaken in Ekiti in partnership with the state government.
The World bank Environmental Consultant, Mr Odinakachi Eric, said this at a one seminar organised by Environmental Development and Family Health Organisation (EDFHO) in Ado-Ekiti.
He said that the world bank has also expressed its readiness to partner Civil Society Organisations to monitor the public projects in other to prevent corruption in the system.
The consultant said the institution was committed to reform water sector in Ekiti for residents to have access to potable water.
He listed areas within Ado Ekiti capital city that will enjoy the extension to include satellite towns like; Onala, Olorunda, Olorunsogo and other fast growing communities around the metropolis.
“We are about to move to site and those affected will soon interface with us depending on how they are affected. But we are sure that none of them will suffer or be cheated for being affected by the construction,” he assured.
He also assured that most of the materials to be used won’t be substandard as experienced in the past.
The General Manager, Ekiti State Water Corporation, Engr . Olabisi Agbeyo, in his address, said that the sum of $50 million has been released for the project under its ‘3rd National Urban Water Sector Reform Project ‘ in 2013, by the world bank.
Agbeyo, represented by Mrs Nancy Otagbo, a Communication Analyst, said the money released by the world bank was being expended to rehabilitate Ero and Ureje dams, as well as water treatment plants by by the state government.
She said that the institution was ready to rebuild affected houses in the process of replacing the old pipes or laying new ones where reticulation is to be extended to.
“The victims of this water project are categorised as Projected Affected Persons.
“Some may have to be permanently displaced or have the fences to their buildings pulled down or may not be able to access their means of livelihoods. All these people will get compensations from the world bank, “she assured.
Agbeyo said the Lusaka Water Works in Zambia, has also been co-opted into the project for its success and sustainability on how to drive the water system.
The EDFHO’s Project Manager, Mr love Ogundipe, urged the CSOs and other stakeholders to monitor the project and prevent any corrupt practices during its implementation.