Jigawa govt. spends N650m on water supply
From Ismaila Muhammad, Dutse
The Jigawa State Government under the leadership of Governor Muhammad BadaruAbubakar has re-converted 154 old water schemes to solar-powered stations in order to modernise them and reduce cost of fuelling as well as to regularise water supply in most urban and semi-urban towns of the State.
This was made known by the State Commissioner of Water and Natural Resources, Ibrahim GarbaHannunGiwa during a Stakeholders’ Workshop on Tariff Studies under 3rd National Urban Water Sector Reform Project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development held at the Manpower Development Institute (MDI), Dutse recently.
He said before the end of tenure of the present government, all water schemes which were under the State Water Board and Small Towns Water Schemes are to be converted to solar-powered water supply schemes for constant water supply to communities in the State.
HannunGiwa disclosed that the State Government has expended the sum of over N650million for the provision of clean water in the State, adding that three 800 KVA generating sets were purchased and installed at Birnin Kudu, Gumel and Kazaure Water Treatment Plants with a view to boosting water supply in those urban cities, adding that obsolete water equipment were replaced with new ones.
The Commissioner explained that they will sit down with stakeholders in the water sector to study the reports critically and make recommendations, pointing out that a bill will soon be sent to the State House of Assembly to make a law on water bill so that consumers will pay little water rates so as to complement government’s efforts.