28/6/2018 Press Release
The FGCE Global Alumni Projects Implementation Committee (PIC) was formed to improve the infrastructure at FGCE, ensure that the projects are properly maintained and made sustainable.
The ultimate goal of these projects is to improve the living conditions and standards for students and staff.
In time-honoured fashion, during the London 2017 reunion, the water project was resoundingly selected as the consensus project of choice for delivery in 2018.
Coincidentally, the PIC had previously identified the deficit of proper water infrastructure and lack of running water, as one of the most urgent issues that needed to be addressed at FGCE.
The PIC started with an independent study (technical and commercial) for the water situation at FGCE, this study was vetted by a top professional on ground from the PIC, thereafter, the PIC decided on the most feasible technical and commercial option to tackle the water issue at FGCE.
- It was observed that pumping water from Ugwuaji stream, treating it and retuculating it, will face seasonal water drought issues during the dry season and possible host community problems.
- Boreholes are yet to be commercially proven in most areas of Enugu as there is an underlying coal belt.
- Water from the Enugu water board is periodic and cannot be relied upon, as it is never constant and this can only serve as a periodic backup.
- The quest and challenge for FGCE having its own independent water source became paramount.
- The current supply of water to FGCE by water tankers from 9th Mile Corner has made this water supply exorbitant to sustain.
- Hence, water harvesting from the rains on roofs and storage systems became the most feasible water solution for FGCE and a lot of work was done to design the best harvesting system.
- Post London 2017, competitive tenders were publicly issued and a very vigorous process of due process, transparency and accountability was employed.
- Vendors were screened and their execution work is still being screened, supervised and properly documented.
The PIC will like to engage with the entire Alumni and all sets of FGCE to raise more funds for this project, the next phases of this water project and even start discussions on making this and all other projects at FGCE, sustainable.
PIC will like to thank everybody who has made great sacrifies and donations towards this and all other projects at FGCE. Lastly, an appeal is being made for more donations to complete the next phase of this project, but also, for sustainability purposes.
Dr Innocent Ogbue,
Global PIC Chairman
Global PIC Water Project Charter
Phase 1- Part 1: Repair of underground water reservoir at gate and overhead tank at old library.
Phase 1- Part 2: Replacement of piping and installation of solar powered pumps to send water from reservoir to overhead tank(s).
a) Phase 1, Part 2a: Solar powered submersible pump(s) at the gate reservoir and replacement of pipes from reservoir to overhead tank.
b.) Phase 1, Part 2b: Roof water collection from cluster of buildings near gate to include old library block and 4 classroom blocks. New pipe network will send water into gate reservoir.
c.) Phase 1, Part 2c: Reticulation/ Distribution of water from overhead tank to (male?) dormitories and dining (other points of use?).
d.) Phase 1, Part 2d: Installation of water filtration/purification system at the refectory.
Phase 1- Part 3: Roof rainwater collection from other large roofs to existing and *new* reservoir (and reticulation to girls hostels).
Exploratory drilling of borehole near the refectory.
Phase 2: Expand water reticulation, plumbing and sewage system to class room blocks and administrative offices.
Phase 3: Expand water reticulation, plumbing and sewage system to staff quarters