Yobe State government has earmarked N683 million for execution of various water and sanitation projects in the rural and urban centres, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, Alhaji Lawan Abubakar Yunusari, has disclosed.
According to him, the move is part of efforts to meet the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) under the European Union (EU) Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) institutional reform scheme.
The execution of the projects is also in accordance with the state’s 2011 Water and Sanitation Policy of accessing water by 100 per cent in 2023.
Speaking at a one-day sector coordination meeting of EU-WSSSRP in Damaturu, the permanent secretary said in order to meet the MDGs requirements on water and sanitation in the state, 68 boreholes were going to be drilled and maintained to bring the total number of boreholes under the water and sanitation schemes to 138.
According to him, drilling the boreholes will cost N561 million, while N72 million will be required to provide power-generating sets that will ensure effective functioning of the facilities.
He noted that the epileptic power supply had made it compulsory for the Ministry of Water Resources to install the power-generating sets to ensure regular supply of potable water.
While assuring on the quality of water to be distributed, Yunusari told participants at the meeting that “we cannot guarantee the safety of our people who drink water that is not certified without establishing water treatment and testing laboratories”.
He said the N3.5 billion Damaturu region water supply project is still on course to complement the EU-WSSSRP institutional reforms’ efforts in the water and sanitation sectors so that by 2023, the rate of access to potable water and sanitation facilities will be 100 per cent.