The #FollowTheMoney (FTM) Team examined the 2016 Federal Ministry of Water Resources’ Appropriation. It was disclosed that N10 million ($30,000) was budgeted for the construction of a motorized borehole at Umuduru Anyanwu Dim Na Nume Isu, Nwangele LGA in Imo State, with the implementation agency being the Anambra Imo River Basin Development Authority. This appropriation is quite timely, considering that the community members (approximately 10,000) do not have access to improved water supply. Depending on the village stream for clean water has made them prone to waterborne diseases.
We have initiated the #WaterUmuduruAnyanwu campaign to track the implementation of the N10 million. Through this campaign, we call on all concerned public and private agencies, especially the Anambra Imo River Basin Authority to uphold the public interest through the accountable and transparent management of the funds that have been released to construct the borehole. We invite the public to get involved in the Campaign today. Help us follow the money to ensure that the borehole is constructed for the local community members that do not have access to clean water.
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC UTILITIES PROMISED TO CONVERGE THE MESSAGE OF THE COMMUNITY TO THE RIGHT AGENCY OF GOVERNMENT
Goodwill message was given by the commissioner of public utilities who is represented his PRO in the person of Mr. William Unadike. In his Goodwill message, the PRO said he was here to represent the commissioner who went for another assignment delegated to him by the Governor. He thanked the Eze for his kind gesture and assured that the outcomes of the deliberation of the meeting would be duly converged to the Commissioner.
THE EZE LAMENT THE CONDITION OF THE COMMUNITY
The Eze noted that since he was born, as an indigene of the community up to this present time that he is the Eze of the community, this is the first time he is witnessing any federal project in his community and appreciated whoever that might have attracted the water project to his community. According to him, many lives including that of children and aged women have been lost due to lack of access to water in the community especially on their way to Nwangele river which is the only source of water that is available to the community. Most students go to school very late as a result of the long distance which they have to embark by trekking to Nwangele River to fetch water.
TOWNHALL MEETING EVENT HELD IN THE COMMUNITY
03rd March 2017: A townhall meeting was held in Umuduru Anyanwu, the Meeting commenced with the arrival and registration of the community stakeholders and invited guests, and it was held at the Eze’s Palace. In attendance to the meeting were the implementing Agency Anambra Imo River Basin Development Authority (AIRBDA), the community stakeholders, invited guests, Ministry of Public Utilities, Nwangele LGA, and the media who covered the event.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (FOI) REQUEST SENT TO THE KEY STAKEHOLDERS
8 February 2017: Following the revelations we got from tracking the fund, we immediately sent out FOI request to AIRBDA to know what was happening to the N10 million for the water project and why the contractor has not continued the project. Find the FOI request here.
I WAS NOT AWARE OF THE WATER PROJECT SAID THE EZE OF THE COMMUNITY
6 February 2017: “It’s sad that myself, my cabinet and community members were not aware at the commencement of the project, and even the fact that it was on the 2016 budget. Regardless this, I expect Follow The Money to get hold of the contractor who diverted this project, either to his hometown or to make use of the money, to see that this job is completed in this community,” HRH Eze Nelson Obasi
NO RIVER, NO BOREHOLE IN THE COMMUNITY SAYS COMMUNITY MEMBERS
6 February 2017: “We have to resort to a pit dug hole which stores water from from the flood, allowed to settled, fetched and put alum (a tablet chemical used for purifying water) for use”, said a community member.
THE CONTRACTOR DRILLED ABOUT 250ft AND DISAPPEARED
4 February 2017: “The geology of the community is about 650 to 700 feet depth. The contractor commenced drilling and went about 250 feet before one of his tools got stuck in the ground. All efforts to retrieve the tool proved abortive – Then the contractor gathered his equipment and promised to come back early January 2017. He never returned,” said one of the village chiefs.
THE CONTRACTOR OF THE WATER PROJECT AND AIRBDA NOT SEEN AT THE SITE SINCE LAST YEAR
4 February 2017: The FTM team embarked on an on-site visitation to Umuduru Anyanwu Dim Na Nume Isu to know if the implementation of the N10 million water project has started. It was found out that the borehole contractor arrived the community sometime in mid-December, 2016 with some representatives from AIRBDA, and a site was shown to them. Read the report here.