Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has commended Africa Development Bank for including Taraba in their Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, RUWASSA, in their programme.
Darius Ishaku made the commendation when the AFDB team representatives visited him in his office, Government House Jalingo.
The Governor said in order to ensure compliance to standard it is always important to follow up and supervise to ascertain whether the project is being executed according to specification.
Darius Ishaku stated that his earlier visit to the AFDB office at Abuja to solicit for support and to inform the office that Jalingo the Taraba state capital has out grown their projected rural water supply scheme.
He said in order to be sure of the water requirement of the state capital, he engaged the services of consulting firm to assess the population growth of the metropolis and the report he got was that Jalingo has outgrown 250, 000, almost getting to 500,000.
The Governor explained that the population growth is as a result of greener pasture available in the state, its peaceful nature and the influx of people into the state from crisis areas within the north east.
Darius Ishaku maintained that after the consultants concluded its assignment it came up with colossal sum of seven to eight billion naira, adding that the projections now covers new settlements that have created and the ones he would earmark as new settlements.
Governor Ishaku stressed that as a town planner, before such intended areas come up there must be good roads, clean water supply and electricity must be made available.
Darius Ishaku emphasized that for this to effectively see the light of the day he would have to fall back to the AFDB for loan so that he can put smiles on the faces of Tarabans, pointing out that during their appraisal of the state facility they should have it at the back of their minds that we will come for more assistance.
He commended the Africa Development Bank for its wonderful sincerity, commitment and decorum in the way and manner they finances projects in Nigeria and indeed Jalingo and presented them with Taraba’s green book which contains potentials available in the state at a glance.
In his presentation to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, theAFDB representative and team leader, Robert Tom Mugaya said they were in state as a follow up to the Governor’s visit to their office. They are in the state to appraise the level sanitation and water supply in the state.
Tom Mugaya maintained that during his visit Taraba state was not among the four states in the country that would benefit from RUWASSA AFDB project, but have come to inform him that Taraba state has been included.
He said the team is in the state to appraise the situation in collaboration with the State Water Supply Agency, Federal Ministry of Finance and federal Ministry of Water resources, buttressing that they want to ensure that Taraba populace benefit from clean water and clean environment.
The AFDB representative also said the initiative of the north east states project NESTS is currently receiving AFDB’s attention and said he was confident Africa Development Bank will gladly partner with the north east sub region for the realization of their collective mission and vision.
Hassan Mijinyawa, MCIPR (Lond)
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor