The Gombe State Government on Wednesday approved N250 million for the implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) programme in the state.
The Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Mijinyawa Yahaya, who disclosed this at a news conference in Gombe, said that the state was initially not participating in the programme.
Yahaya said that with the approval, the programme would now commence in four pilot local government areas — Kwami, Dukku, Funakaye and Balanga.
According to him, the effort by the state government is geared towards improving the people’s access to water supply and sanitation services in the state.
“This programme was initiated by the Federal Government in 2017; Gombe State is coming in at this point because we were not able to meet up with our commitment, including the release of funds, at that time.
“With the approval of N250 million, the state has become part of the PEWASH programme,’’ he said.
Yahaya said that since the state government had contributed N250 million, “we are expecting an equal amount from the Federal Government for the implementation of the programme”.
He added that the state government would execute its own part, while the Federal Government would send their contractors from Abuja to execute theirs.
Yahaya restated the government’s commitment to meeting the water needs of the citizens, adding that this led to the release of N100 million for laying of new water pipelines in some communities at the inception of his administration.
The PEWASH programme is aimed at improving the citizens’ access to water supply and sanitation in Nigeria, through a structured multi-sector partnership.