By Egbe Attah
The perennial water shortage in Otukpo Akpa Constituency may come to an end as water supply project was Friday commissioned in the area.
Speaking at the commissioning of the project, at Asa III Otukpo, the sponsor and representative of the constituency at the Benue State House of Assembly, Chief Baba Ode, said the move was in fulfilment of his earlier promise to resuscitate and expand his water project in the area.
“What I’m doing here, has no political undertone, but, purely my desire to alleviate the suffering of my people, especially in the area of potable water which is the major challenge of this place.
“We have no rivers nor streams and borehole does not work here, so if we don’t intervene what will our people do, if we don’t embark on a project like this?
“I promised I was going to revive my water project I started during my first term in the House, unfortunately, I could not secure a second term to enable me to continue with it. Today I thank God I‘m back in the House of Assembly and now I have succeeded not only in reviving the project, but, expanding it to other areas not previously captured,” the lawmaker stated.
He pointed out that his gesture has no political links as he will continue to assist his people throughout his lifetime, adding that 350 students are to benefit from his scholarship scheme this academic session.
Speaking while commissioning the project, the District Head of Otukpo, Dr John Eimonye, thanked Chief Odeh, for his kind gesture while wishing him God’s blessings.
Others, who spoke, including Oyilo Godwin, Owocho Abel, Onuh Ogbole and Sandra Efoda, all commended the lawmaker for his philanthropic gesture, urging him to keep the good works going.
On his part, the Otukpo Water Board Area Manager, Paul Owulo, thanked Chief Odeh for embarking on the project while charging the beneficiaries to protect the facility.
The Voice reports that residents of Asa village and its environs enjoyed pipe-borne water after many years of stoppage.