Taraba governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku on Thursday urged the people of the State to change their attitude towards public infrastructure and protect them for the good of the State.
Ishaku made the call during a town hall meeting on Taraba State water sector reform held at the Gym Hall, Jolly Nyame Stadium.
The Governor noted that his administration in conjunction with African Development Bank (AFDB) was making huge investment in the water sector to meet the water need of the people of the State, which is a valuable resource for human life.
Gov. Ishaku who pledge to support the Taraba State Water Supply Agency (TSWA) through the deployment of technology and innovations to achieve efficiency promised to review existing laws to cater for the new outlook and reforms in the water sector of the State.
According to him, a Board of Directors would soon be constituted to give policy direction to the water agency and that management of the State Water Supply Agency will also be repositioned for better performance.
Earlier, Commissioner for Water Resources, Barr. Emmanuel Gowon commended the Governor for breaking the jinx of water scarcity in Jalingo and for his commitment in repositioning the water supply agency for better service delivery.
He told the gathering that the Governor has on assumption of office restored water supply to major towns and semi-urban centres across the State, in addition to consistent release of funds to ensure constant water supply to the people of the State.
General Manager of the State Water Board, Engr. Musa Siam on his part said the board was working with Nairobi City Water Agency in Kenya to train at least 50 youths from the State on how to collect revenue and maintain the water pipes and outlets.
Musa added that the board was working on a possibility of a technology transfer from Kenya where people use their ATM cards to buy water, thereby reducing high cash volume at water selling points.