By Tunde Suleman, Minna
Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has declared a state of emergency in the water sector in order to end several years of lack of potable water in the state.
A statement by Dr. Ibraheem Dooba, chief press secretary to the governor explained that the measure became necessary following the seemingly insurmountable challenges of water supply to the people of the state.
“Niger is plagued with problems of potable water supply to the citizens hence the need for government to galvanize action towards salvaging the situation. For example, Minna waterworks in Chanchaga, produces 30,000 cubic meters per day instead of 120,000 that the city needs,” the statement disclosed.
Dooba said the current administration “under the leadership of Abubakar Sani Bello will examine all the issues that are hindering the smooth operation of the sector with a view to finding immediate, medium and long term solutions.”
The statement reiterated government commitment to ensuring that Nigerlites have unlimited access to potable water irrespective of their location in the state.