The #FollowTheMoney (FTM) Team examined the 2016 Federal Ministry of Water Resources’ Appropriation. It was revealed that N9.2 million ($29,677) was budgeted for the Completion, Supply, Delivery, and Installation of motorized solar powered at Umuoha Sec School, Uratta Umuoha, Isiala Ngwa, Abia State, with the implementation agency being the Anambra Imo River Basin Development Authority. This appropriation is quite timely, considering that about 6,000 community members 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 #WaterUrattaUmuoha campaign to track the implementation of the N9.2 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 accountable and transparent management of the funds that have been released to complete the borehole. We invite the public to get involved in the Campaign today. Help us follow the money to ensure that the borehole is completed for the local community members that do not have access to clean water.

NO SORT OF IMPLEMENTATION GOING ON AT THE WATER PROJECT SITE 

4 February 2017: The FTM team embarked on an on-site visitation to Uratta-Umuoha, Abia State to assess the implementation of the N9.2 million water project. It was found out that the completion has not started.

SO MANY PROJECTS SUCH AS THIS IN THE COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN ABANDONED

4 February 2017: “We are really interested in making sure that this project is implemented, so many projects such as this, have been abandoned. Even placing this project inside the secondary school is not ideal, as sometimes, it makes the project inaccessible by the community,” His Royal highness, Eze Ezekiel E. Enwereji

THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL WAS NOT AWARE OF THE N9.2m WATER PROJECT COMPLETION ON THE 2016 BUDGET

4 February 2017: “If not that I am seeing you (Follow The Money) here today, I would not have known that N9.2 million was earmarked for the borehole’s completion, in my own school”, the Principal of Umuoha Secondary School.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST SENT TO 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 N9.2 million for the water project and why no sort of implementation has started. Find the FOI request here.