The Federal Capital Territory Water Board says it will commence the enumeration of all property using FCT water, with a view to collating a comprehensive data base by 2022.
Acting General Manager, FCT Water Board, Dame Joy Okoro, who stated this during the end of the year briefing in Abuja, said the Board was targeting to generate about 450 million naira monthly in the coming year.
Dame Okoro explained that the Board had made provision for online billing and metering of all property to avoid loosing revenue and unnecessary water wastages.
“…. currently we have 54,000 customers in our database, hence updating the database became necessary…
We have even gone further because we have a database that was created 25 years ago, you would appreciate the fact that some of the houses are no more in existence or the house owners are no more there.” she said
Dame OKoro hinted that prior to her appointment last year October, the Board’s revenue generation which was a little over #100m, now generates over #200m naira monthly.
She used the medium to call for recognition and award for Water Board staff that were outstanding in the discharge of their duties within the year under review
Responding to questions on measures to expand the reach of portable water to rural communities of Abuja, Dame Okoro assured that efforts were underway to extend water supply to all the satellite towns.
The Acting General Manager who further noted that Abaji Area Council was currently enjoying free water from the water Board, said the Board would carry out enumeration of all property in the area in 2022.
“… the online billing amongst other measures, will help to achieve the monthly N400 to 450 million revenue target by next year…The revenue performance of the Board had improved significantly…, prior to my appointment, the best performance was March 2020 with a performance of N122,729,926.75 from 7395 transactions. The months of March, July, September and October 2021 have not just recorded higher figures but also higher transaction volumes, a direct consequence of my philosophy of encouraging customers to pay water bills.”she said.
According to the Acting GM, aside seeking to be an autonomous entity, plans are also underway to install solar power in all its facilities to ensure timely printing of bills for customers
“It has not been easy to implement absolutely. by having that act, we are supposed to be autonomous and to be autonomous, we have to be financially buoyant”
For enhanced productivity, the Acting GM said Asokoro and Maitama areas have water booster stations to ensure twenty four hours operation.
She added that some areas were currently on flat rate of #5500 for each property on a monthly basis.
She appealed passionately to FCT residents to use water wisely and pay their bills promptly.
By Remi Johnson
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