By Aaron Ossai
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has assured constituents on the completion of all projects attracted by him.
This came on a day he also announced the arrival of underground water drilling equipment, a move he said was geared towards providing immediate succour to various communities in Enugu West Senatorial District facing the challenge of lack of portable water.
Ekweremadu spoke during an interactive session with all the Town Union Presidents in the Senatorial District at his Enugu residence on Sunday.
The Senator assured the people that, in addition to the efforts by the Government of Enugu State to address the rural infrastructural needs of the communities, provisions had also been made in the 2017 Appropriation Act for new projects and completion of ongoing ones in the Senatorial District and beyond.
He requested communities which infrastructural needs were yet to look forward to the 2018 national budget.
On the problem of portable water in Enugu West Senatorial District, Ekweremadu said: “As I speak with you, the drilling equipment for the Enugu West Water for All Programme, which was imported from Turkey, has arrived Lagos.
“We will move them from community to community for the water programme to provide immediate succour to our people. And I want to assure you that no community in Enugu West will left out”, he added.
He, however, expressed displeasure over the poor maintenance of projects by some beneficiary communities.
The Deputy President of the Senate called on the Town Union Presidents to set up infrastructure maintenance committees where they did not exist, while also strengthening the already existing ones to ensure proper maintenance and protection of facilities in in their communities.
Ekweremadu also urged the Local Government Councils to embark on rural development projects, no matter how small, to compliment the efforts by the Federal and State governments to accelerate development in rural area
Speaking, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, extolled the Deputy President of the Senate for taking developments to the grassroots.
She described the interactive session with Town Union Presidents as democracy in action, assuring that the Government of Enugu State would not relent in the provision of democracy dividends to the people.