Umar Akilu Majeri
The Jigawa State government said it has spent over Ninety-five million naira to adequately supply water to people living in small towns across the 27 local Government areas of the state.
This was disclosed by the Managing Director Jigawa State Small Towns Water Supply Agency STOWA, Engineer Adamu Garba in an exclusive interview with our reporter in his office.
Garba explained that in the first quarter of this year that the Jigawa state government has spent over Ninety-five million Naira (N95m) on the conversion of the motorized schemes with solar water schemes in order to boost the supply of water in all the small towns across Jigawa State.
He added that the government is planning to spend about forty million Naira (N40 m) for the rehabilitation of the entire motorized water scheme in the State while the sum of N200m will be spent across the 27 local government areas for the rehabilitation of the water scheme projects in small towns.
“This year we were anticipating building solar 12 water schemes conversion, but due to the menace of COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to construct eleven new solar schemes and upgraded 12 solar water schemes across the state.
While commenting on the challenges facing the agency, the managing director said sometimes people in the community does not take care of water scheme, they do not take them as their property that is why sometimes they are being stolen.
He, therefore, charged people living in the community to take care of all water equipment as he said over that 400 motorized water schemes are now fully rehabilitated and upgraded, while about 135 motorized water schemes have been converted to solar water scheme across the 27 local government areas in the State.