How Boko Haram Caused Severe Water Scarcity In Gombe
The issue of water shortage in Gombe state has raised questions in recent years.
It was said to be a thing of the past during the administration of Danjuma Goje but has reared reared its ugly head in the administration of Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo.
The situation has also become an issue used to campaign against Dankwambo and the Peoples Democratic Party.
Most actors in the Gombe state chapter of APC have on several occasions and in various radio programs promised to address the water scarcity not just in Gombe metropolis but the state in general.
Commenting on the issue, the general manager of Gombe state water board, Isah Muhammed described the promises as a mere campaign gimmicks that would not be realised.
Muhammed told Bounce News that those politicians shouting and promising to do better than Governor Dankwambo on provision of portable water in Gombe state are just chitchatting as laymen.
He said about 1 billion Naira is being spent annually to provide water by Dankwambo but what is being realized is not up to 1 percent of the money spent.
He said that has made it difficult to expand the water treatment plant that was built in 2006 with the capacity of providing water to 260,000 households with a plan of expansion to cater for 300,000 people.
"Nobody anticipated the Boko Haram insurgency which has significantly tripled the projected population of Gombe metropolis.
"pansion of the water treatment plant has become non-negotiable, but he said the 30 billion naira needed for the project is the root cause of jettisoning the project and made the government to embark on alternative way of addressing the problem by constructing more boreholes in towns and communities.
“The state governor has approved the construction of two boreholes; one in Bolari, Kamara primary school with a booster station that will supply the water to dwellers around Bolari to BCJ and the second one in Herwa Gana also with a booster station which supplies from Herwa Gana to Nasarawo.
“These boreholes if completed would lessen the load on the treatment plant,” he stated.
He also expressed concern over the non-payment of water bills by the citizens.
“Our people don’t like paying for water even though we don’t charge much, our highest bill per month is 1000 naira while the minimum is 200 naira but our people don’t pay.
“And you see that is a very big problem for us, because we keep spending money to supply the water, but we don’t get anything in return not even an appreciation from the people,” he told Bounce News.
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