The World Bank has promised to give adequate compensations to those affected by water reform project being undertaken across Ekiti State in partnership with the government.
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti yesterday at a one-day capacity-building organised by Environmental Development and Family Health Organisation, the General Manager, Ekiti State Water Corporation, Olabisi Agbeyo, said $50 million was released for the project, tagged: “National Water Reform Project” in 2013.
Agbeyo, who was represented by Nancy Otagbo, said the money released by the World Bank was being expended to rehabilitate Ero and Ureje dams as well as water treatment plants by Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration.
She said the World Bank was ready to rebuild buildings affected, adding that those permanently displaced would be given adequate compensation 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. The 30,000 affected will be protected or safeguarded.
“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 residents.
Agbeyo said the Lusaka Water Works in Zambia has also been subscribed into the project for its success and sustainability on how to drive the water system.
A World Bank Environmental Consultant, Mr. Odinakachi Eric, said the institution is committed to reform water sector in Ekiti for the citizens to have access to potable water.