Gombe – The Federal Government in collaboration with Gombe State Government has inaugurated water project worth N11.4bn.
This was disclosed on Friday during the launch, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu in the state.
Adamu said out of the contract sum, the FG’s stake is 30 percent, which is about N3 billion counterpart funding while the state contributed 70 percent amounting to about 8 billion.
Adamu revealed that this was part of this administration’s effort at ensuring the provision of pipe-borne water to residents.
He urged residents to take ownership of the project by protecting the installations and equipment, as reported by Punch.
“All our projects have been completed to 100 percent, none abandoned.
“We always finish and hand it over to communities to take care of it. If you see anything happening it’s after we had finished and handed it over to communities.
“If they didn’t care to take care of it, then it’s their own business.”
Responding, Governor Muhammadu Yahaya lauded the collaboration which provide potable water supply to urban and rural areas.
He however, promised that his administration has constructed no fewer than 600 boreholes across the state.
“As you all aware, the Dadin-Kowa Water Treatment Plant was commissioned about 15 years ago, when the population of Gombe State was around 2.6 million.
“Today, our population has grown to over 3.6 million and most of this growth has occurred within the Gombe metropolis and its surrounding communities.
“Gombe’s phenomenal growth is largely attributable to rapid urbanisation as well as the influx of people fleeing the Boko Haram insurgency from the frontline states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.
“This development puts tremendous pressure on the provision of basic social services like water, sanitation, health, and education.”