TEN communities in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and the proposed Abuja University of Technology are to benefit from the recently completed comprehensive water scheme constructed by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, OSSAP-SDGS’ Water Project, in Abaji area of the capital city.


Senior special assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, gave this indication during the commissioning of the water project yesterday in Abaji.


According to Adefilire, the laudable project was a product of many years of intense activity, hard work, and determination which commenced under the 2009 MDGs intervention, but could not be completed due to paucity of funds.


The presidential adviser said she took up what then appeared to be an abandoned project when her attention was drawn to it in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s ideology of continuity in government.


“As part of our commitment to the SDGs, our counterpart funded this Project under the 2017 SDGs-CGS to FCT. The Project is aimed at providing portable water in Abaji and nine other neighboring communities, including Nuku village, Naharati, the proposed Abuja University of Technology, Abaji among others. Evidently, this noble initiative is directly linked to the achievement of SDG-3 on Quality Health and Well-being for all at all ages and SDG-6 on Clean water and sanitation for all,” Orelope-Adefulire stated.


She assured of the continuous commitment of the government to delivering on pro-poor projects and programs in its bid to improve the living standards of the people.


“As a government, despite the challenges of our time, we will continue to prioritize policies and programs in support of the achievement of the SDGs in Nigeria. As we commence the Decade of Action for the SDGs, we must all step up our efforts, so that no Nigerian will be left behind.”


In her remarks, the Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, stated that the project will help address the seemingly intractable problem of water scarcity among the people of Abaji and its environs.


“Residents of Abaji Township and its environs can now heave a sigh of relief and satisfaction as they now have access to uninterrupted supply of clean water in line with the World Health Organization, WHO and Nigerian Drinking Quality Standard. I have no doubt that this will help to improve the health and economic condition of the beneficiaries of the project, and take the FCT a small step closer to advancing the cause of Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, attainment,” the Minister said.