Gombe govt. partners FG on N11bn water supply project

Gombe govt. partners FG on N11bn water supply project

By Peter Uwumarogie, Gombe.

 

The Gombe State Government, in collaboration with the Federal Government, has inaugurated a N11.49-billion regional water supply project in the state.

 

Inaugurating the project in Gombe on Friday, the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, said that the project was aimed at rehabilitating, expanding and upgrading the water supply facilities in the state.

 

Adamu said that the project was in line with the National Water Supply and Sanitation policy of the Federal Government.

 

He said that the Federal Government’s intervention was to accelerate access to portable water in the county, as part of efforts to meet national and internationally set targets.

 

Adamu said that over the years, the Federal Government had demonstrated its commitment to addressing water supply issues through policy and capital investments.

 

He said that since the Federal Government’s declaration of a state of emergency on the water supply sector, the government had partnered several state governments on the implementation of major urban supply projects, which had been yielding positive results.

 

The minister said that the Gombe regional water supply project was being executed on a 70-30 per cent partnership agreement between the Gombe State Government and the Federal Government.

 

He said the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources. was funding 30 per cent of the financial cost of the project, which was N3.447 billion, while the Gombe State Government was funding 70 per cent of the cost, amounting to N8.43 billion.

 

According to him, the state government is also bearing the cost of consultancy services, which is N419 million.

 

Also speaking, Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State said that on his assumption of office in 2019, the water treatment plant in Dadin-Kowa was in a derelict state and had over N5 billion unpaid obligations to contractors and suppliers.

 

Yahaya stated that his administration had since 2019 undertaken essential repairs and rehabilitation of the project which enabled the state government to supply 50 million litres daily as against the 20 million daily supply.

 

He said that with the population growth, the water project, which was built in 2008, could no longer cater for residents of the state, hence the expansion and upgrade of the facility towards meeting contemporary water demands of the citizens of the state.

 

The governor said that as part of the efforts by his administration to address the water challenges in the state, over 600 boreholes had been either constructed or rehabilitated to enhance water supply to urban and rural communities.

 

While pledging to deliver the project before May, Yahaya commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Adamu for their support on water supply project, which was aimed at improving the wellbeing of the people of the state.

 

On his part, the Gombe State Commissioner of Water Resources, Mr Mijinyawa Yahaya, said that the project comprised, but not limited to the construction of three hybrid booster stations, mini-water station, construction and laying of 160 kilometres of pipelines across the city.

 

He added that some existing water infrastructure would be rehabilitated, while some solar-powered boreholes would be constructed.

 

“This is expected to tremendously upgrade our water supply capacity and total outreach to nooks and crannies of the city and its surroundings,” Yahaya said.

 

The commissioner appealed to residents of the state to reciprocate the gesture by the government by “guarding jealously all water infrastructure, especially pipelines.

 

“It is disheartening to see leaking pipelines anywhere in the city, knowing full well the huge amount of money government spends on getting treated water from a distance of over 50 kilometres,” he said.

 

Yahaya also urged the beneficiaries of water supply programmes in the state to show willingness in paying their water bills, so as to ensure the sustainability of the programmes.

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