This Thursday afternoon (16), the mayor of João Pessoa, Cícero Lucena, the governor of Paraíba, João Azevêdo, and the president of the Water and Sewage Company of Paraíba (Cagepa), Marcus Vinícius, renewed the operating concession capital’s water and sewer system. The signed contract allows the continuity of the operation for 30 years and the consequent universalization of the capital’s sanitary sewage until 2033.
Azevêdo pointed out that the act affirms the existence of Cagepa as a public company and has positive consequences for the capital, for Cagepa and for the state. “I always said that Cagepa would not be privatized, as it has the competence to continue managing the system. First, because Cagepa will invest to meet the new regulatory framework, which universalizes the supply of water and sewage by 2033. Second, it will allow for a transfer significant amount of resources from Cagepa to the municipality, which will make new investments possible for the benefit of the city itself”, explained the governor.
Lucena spoke of expressive results and highlighted the efforts being made to universalize exhaustion coverage in the capital, which, according to studies by Cagepa, will grow 5% until next year. “We are sure that this gesture of not privatizing Cagepa, added to the investments that will be made in the municipality, will bring expressive results. I am sure that this gesture is equal in importance to the very creation of the company. We have to thank the governor because, together, we we have managed to deliver what was promised to the population in terms of improving their quality of life”, commented Cícero Lucena.
The Union of Workers in the Water Purification Industry and in Sewage Services of the State of Paraíba (Sindágua-PB), concluded that it was an important victory for the class. “In view of the law of the new regulatory framework, this contract is a victory in the negotiation of the category with the state government and city hall of João Pessoa”, they said.
Source: BdF Paraíba
Edition: Cida Alves
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