10/19/11 (AEIN) The state government has announced a January, 2012 deadline for the project to supply residents of Gusau with potable water. An official praised the quality of work performed so far by the contractor but said that the government would not tolerate additional delays, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Wednesday.
Waste Management and Environmental Solution Company Managing Director Jerry Cunningham assured the government that the contractor would take all measures necessary to complete the project by its deadline without compromising the quality of the work. The project will supply about 4,200,000 gallons of water each day to Gusau and neighboring towns.
The contract for the project was originally awarded in 2006. Gusau is the state capitol and located in northwestern Nigeria. Just over half of Nigerians living in cities and one out of five residing in rural areas have safe drinking water, according to the Encarta encyclopedia.