Gombe Governor to set up taskforce to tackle water shortage

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

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The Governor of Gombe state, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is to set up a task force that will ensure the supply of drinking water gets to the homes of people in the state capital.

Speaking with journalists after inspecting facilities of the Gombe State Water Works in Gombe and Water Treatment Plant in Dadin Kowa, Governor Yahaya said the move became necessary in view of the insufficient water supply to the Gombe Metropolis, despite the functional facility in place.

He said the taskforce would consist of a seven-member team, who would swing into action immediately and ensure that the challenges were tackled and people do not resort to buying water from street vendors, which is usually costly.

According to Governor Yahaya, a lot would be achieved if the present reticulation, which is about one hundred kilometres of pipe networks within Gombe metropolis, is maintained to carry pumped water through them.

It would be recalled that during his inaugural speech, Governor Yahaya directed the Ministry of Water Resources to begin the immediate daily supply of water to the people of Gombe metropolis and the Ministry of Rural Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources should begin the immediate repairs of all broken down boreholes and hand pumps in all rural areas.

He said the government would harness the resources of the Dadin Kowa Dam and Balanga Dam by increasing its capacity and supply to other local government areas across the state, as well as for power supply and irrigation activities.

The Gombe Water Treatment Plant was inaugurated in 2006, with the capacity to discharge 50,000 cubic litres daily, but with population increase in the Gombe metropolis from 250 thousand to about 500 thousand in 2016, due to the influx of Internally Displaced People from neighbouring state, due to boko haram activities, the water became insufficient for the populace.

After the inspection, Governor Yahaya said the 50 thousand cubic litres of water could be expanded to reach 70 thousand cubic litres, after the system was put on track to function optimally.

On the issue of power supply to the Water Treatment Plant to enable the facility pump water constantly, Governor Yahaya said he would try to ensure that the dedicated power lines work properly, while ensuring the constant supply of fuel to power the generating set that would pump water regularly.