The campaign organisation of the All Progressive Congress governorship candidate in Enugu state, Senator Ayogu Eze has berated Enugu government for allegedly claiming to have been transmitting 25,000m³ of water to Enugu metropolis and environs daily.
The State Water Corporation had said the administration of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state has registered a remarkable improvement in the daily supply of water to Enugu metropolis and its environs through the recent rehabilitation of facilities at Ajalli and Oji River water treatment schemes.
Engr. Eze, Managing Director of the Corporation revealed that “prior to the assumption of office by the present administration, the water supply situations in Enugu metropolis and Nsukka urban were comatose with Oji and Ajalli water schemes almost at the verge of collapse”.
But reacting to the state government position, spokesman of Ayogu Eze campaign organisation, Okey Ezirigwe in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu described the claim as the usual propaganda based performance stunt of the current administration.
“In a purported status report by the management of the moribund and redundant Enugu state water corporation, the government claimed the Ajali and Oji water schemes produce a combined 25,000m³ daily and we ask; where do they supply the water to?”
The campaign organization said it has conducted its survey and found out that “except probably the government house where we don’t currently have access to; there is no single household in Enugu metropolis that has water running from any tap. Are they pumping this water into a bottomless pit?”
Ezirigwe stated that acclaimed improvement in water supply in the state is a mere gimmick designed as a response to a “well-thought out programme to supply water to the state’s urban centers within the first year of our government”.
He said, restoration of water supply to Enugu is a well-thought out programme of the APC governorship candidate in Enugu which he has been marketing since he emerged the party flag bearer.
“To come up with a half boiled story of repairing Ajalli and Oji River water treatment schemes does not provide answers to why Enugu metropolis has not had water in four years”.
“This is part of their routine and regular panic measure in pirating our manifesto and mouthing such programs without adequate foundation to deliver them”.
“The irony is that a government that has been in office for four years is copying and aping the manifesto of a new government in the making as if it has just woken up from slumber”.
“What has been its guiding work plan since the last four years? there is clearly no roadmap, hence its desperation to copy whatever we say or do”.
“The meaning is that we have been taken on a ride in a one-chance vehicle for the past four years, and this has obviously seen Enugu state descends into an embarrassing decay and inertia”.
“Our people have been fooled enough, hence their defection to our party in their large numbers over the last couple of months. we salute their courage and decision to break up with an administration that has offered them nothing in four years except empty and broken promises”.
Ezirigwe disclosed that the Sullivan administration had almost completed the reticulation work before it left in 2015 and work has been abandoned for no just cause.
The implication he said is that the government will be spending another huge amount of money restarting the reticulation and water supply program.