On Saturday, March 22, in the afternoon, the Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Finance and Budget, Mr. Kablan Duncan under the leadership of the Minister of Economic Infrastructure Mr. Patrick Achi, without forgetting the presence of Minister Kaba Nialé in charge of the Economy and Finance and the Minister of the Environment, Urban Sanitation and Sustainable Development, Mr Alla Kouadio Rémi, visited the work to strengthen the distribution network of drinking water in the municipality of Yopougon. This visit began at the Niangon treatment station located in the industrial zone.
The overall objective of this project is to strengthen the drinking water supply system of the city of Abidjan by increasing the production of drinking water and strengthening the distribution network.
The financing is respectively from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (RCI). The total amount of works and services is 13,263,353,400 CFA francs.
Seven companies carried out the work, including two consulting engineering firms and an audit firm.
This station, which underwent work, had an addition of 40,000m 3 to its 47,000m 3 currently available.
The visit ended in the Ayakro sub-district of Gesco where the burial works of the pipelines, already at 80%, are blocked for 200 meters.
This blockage is due to the narrowing of the road occupied by dwellings which prevents any progress of the excavator responsible for digging the burial trench of the pipes.
The Prime Minister, who mentioned the rapid population growth, revealed that in the medium term, a project to supply the economic capital from the Bandama river located a hundred kilometers away will be implemented.
“We are here for this important water supply project in Abidjan. The President of the Republic insisted that the problem of drinking water shortage be solved in 2014. We must therefore increase the capacities” declared the Prime Minister.
“Here at the Niangon station we will have 40,000m 3 in addition to the 47,000m 3 currently available so as to be able to supply the districts of Gesco, Niangon, Bonikro and Mamie Adjoua. Overall at the end of the year, we should be able to make up the deficit,” added the Prime Minister.
The work is 80% complete and should be completed in June 2014.