Following reports that some residents of Abia State particularly those in Obingwa LGA of the state are being tasked for boreholes, Abia State Government through the Commissioner for information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu has debunked such reports and attributed as “forged” the demand notice issued to Obingwa residents.
Chief Kalu assured that the persons involved in this criminal act has been identified and will soon face the full wrath of the law.
“It is the handiwork of a revenue tout that the Government has identified and will soon punish according to the law.”
Chief Kalu however, admonished anyone wishing to dig borehole in the state to obtain the necessary permission from the state ministry of water resources as this is very pertinent in ensuring proper environment and avoid the risk associated with unregulated digging of boreholes.
“Meanwhile, it is important to note that those wishing to dig boreholes anywhere in the state must obtain proper permission from Abia State Water Board after payment of inspection and water analysis fees.”
The complete statement by the Honourable Commissioner reads;
“Kindly note that the attached demand notice did not emanate from the authorities of Obingwa LGA or Abia State Government. It is the handiwork of a revenue tout that the Government has identified and will soon punish according to the law.
“Obingwa LGA Chairman has confirmed the document to be FAKE and a FORGERY.
“Members of the public are hereby advised to ignore the said demand notice and report anyone parading same to the nearest police station.
“Meanwhile, it is important to note that those wishing to dig boreholes anywhere in the state must obtain proper permission from Abia State Water Board after payment of inspection and water analysis fees.
“Without proper regulation, we risk suffering the dangers of indiscriminate digging of boreholes with associated environmental and health risks to our people.
“The government will continue to make necessary efforts to improve public water supply in the state with the full implementation of the new Aba and Umuahia water schemes soon to take off.
“We have released the list of all collectible state and LGA revenues in Abia State. Members of the public are advised to call 08184222428 to verify demand notices before payment to the designated bank accounts already released.
“ABIANS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED NOT TO PAY CASH TO ANY REVENUE AGENT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.”