The Sokoto State Government has launched a customer enumeration to gather relevant information for effective water service delivery.
Commissioner of Water Resources in the State, Mr Umar Muhammad Bature, launched the initiative in collaboration with USAID program “Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene” (E-WASH) in Sokoto.
Mr Bature urged Civil Society Organisations and media in the state to continue to mobilize public on the current reform to the State Water Board for effective services delivery.
He said this would allow people to be fully acquainted on the initiative, which was aimed at transforming the Water Board for effective services.
He added that the process has nothing to do with commercialising the water board to the E-WASH as being rumoured by some people in the State.
He called for all relevant stakeholders and common citizens to support and corporate with E-WASH to ensure successful conduct of the exercise.
The Commissioner said his ministry would continue to strengthen existing relationship with ministries of Environment and Health for smooth conduct of the exercise.
In his welcome address, the Acting General Manager of the State Water Board, Mr Sama’ila Umar Sanda, said that the mapping of water network distribution and customer enumeration would help to identify existing challenges and find a way forward.
Mr Sanda expressed optimism that the exercise would be a fruitful one and equally beneficial to the board and the entire water customers in the State.
The General Manager commended Sokoto State Government’s efforts towards ensuring potable water supply across the State.
Earlier, the E.WASH State Team Leader, Dr Isiyaku Zyok, said the exercise is aimed at improving effective water, sanitation and hygiene which is being supporting by USAID in the state.
Dr Zyok said the process would help in identifying the type of water pipes used since the establishment of Water Board in the early 50s for proper extensions.
He added that the data gathered during the exercise would go a long way in assisting the State Water Board for effective planning, management and decision making among others.