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‘Bauchi Needs N50 Billion to Tackle Water Scarcity’

| May 14, 2013 More

Bauchi โ€” Bauchi State needs over N50 billion to tackle the perennial water scarcity being experienced in the state. Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Sani Muhammad Burra, said this yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen at the secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalist in Bauchi.

He said, “The perennial water scarcity in the state is an inherited problem from the previous administration and the state needs over N50 billion to rehabilitate the entire Gubi Dam and the treatment plant in order to address the problem”.

Alhaji Sani added that the state government is determined to address the problem before the end of the administration in 2015.

“We have written to the Federal Government seeking support to address the problem, and Bauchi is among the three states to be assisted by the World Bank with over $30 million. The amount will be increased based on the performance of the state in the execution of water projects. The government has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States government in the area of water supply,” he said.

He said already, the government has spent over N1.3 billion in its efforts to address the problem apart from the huge sums of money spent daily on maintenance and servicing of the treatment plant.

Alhaji Sani said the state needs over 70 million gallons of water against the present 12 million gallons being supplied.

The commissioner advised people of the state to be patient and to cultivate the habit of reserving water whenever the taps in their areas flow.

Category: Bauchi State News

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