By Daniel Tabiyatiya, Emmanuel David, Blessing Jonathan and Blessing Lawrence
Speaking to our reporters in his office recently, Engr. Joseph reaffirmed government’s readiness in providing drinking water by allocating 8 percent of this year’s total capital budget to the water sector.
“We have made a proposal for areas like Badirisa and Vunokilang, we are only waiting for government’s action before we commence work there. While in Jambutu we have a water system there already, it only needs expansion” he added.
“Meanwhile, changing of pipes may not occur this year because the money allocated to the board cannot take care of replacing these pipes. But the Federal and State Government with other organizations are making efforts to intervene, so maybe when we get the intervention pipes will be replaced” he said.ADVERTISEMENTADVERTISEMENT
Engr. Joseph further stated that the project of providing portable drinking water will be in phases and since they have not received any case of water borne disease it means the pipes are still usable.
He added that though some of the pipes may be replaced, it will cost the state about 4-5 billion naira to replace pipes within Jimeta and Yola metropolis which is over 48 kilometers.
“We have to start with the State capital before going to other places, we want to finish with Jimeta, Yola then Mubi, Numan and Ganye. People will experience improvement in water supply within the State, not only Jimeta as soon as we receive funds” he concluded.ADVERTISEMENT