The General Manager Sokoto State Water Board, Engineer Ahmad Moyi Tambuwal, said government has designed functional policies and programmes that will fast track the provision of portable water supply among communities across the State.
Engineer Tambuwal stated this at a three day media parley organised by the State Water Board in collaboration with Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services Program, E-WASH in Sokoto State North West Nigeria.
He added that collaboration with the media would enhance active participation of various stakeholders in disseminating relevant messages to water customers in the state.
“The state water board will continue to strengthen more relationship with journalists to help create awareness and provide other platforms in order to resolve various challenges facing water customers in the state”, Engineer Tambuwal said.
According to him, the first water system came to existence in 1963 with the capacity of six million gallons to serve only one hundred households, but with gradual reforms by government the system now has the capacity to produce over twenty-three million gallons now serving the urban city of the state.
He added that the State Water Board is having 70 functional boreholes which are providing water within sokoto and its environs.
He adviced water customers to pay for their water rates promptly to assist government in upgrading water system across the State.
The General Manager also called on the general public to cooperate with the board to enable it continue to provide potable water supply and to also compliment government efforts in the water sector.
In his remarks, the team Manager of E-WASH Program, Mr Isiaku Zyok, said the meeting was organised to discuss the role of media in disseminating relevant activities of state water board and that of E-WASH to general public.
Mr Zyok explained that the program is a USAID sponsored activity designed to formulate relevant policies which would assist in providing potable drinking water to over five hundred thousand households through improvement in service delivery and government commitments in different state of the country.
He added that the E-WASH, through the State Water Board would ensure reduction in non-revenue water lost and be utilized for consumption.