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Gov. Ishaku Flags Off Construction of 5 Million Litre Water Reservoir to Boost Water Supply in Jalingo

Gov. Ishaku Flags Off Construction of 5 Million Litre Water Reservoir to Boost Water Supply in Jalingo

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Governor Ishaku and his Deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu arrives the venue of the Flag Off ceremony.

Efforts by the Taraba State government under the leadership of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to provide uninterrupted water supply to Jalingo, the state capital and its environs received a boost on Thursday with the ground breaking for the construction of a five million litre water storage facility.

The facility is part of the gigantic Jalingo Primary Water Scheme which is designed to meet the needs of the capital city for water for the next 35 years.

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, Gov Ishaku described the construction of the reservoir as a landmark project which will aggressively address the water problem in the state.

The site of the reservoir will be developed to be an attractive tourist centre with a VIP and general restaurant.

His Excellency, Governor Ishaku at the Flag Off ceremony.

Ishaku said water treatment materials have been purchased in large quantities to ensure regular supply of water.

He said the supply of water is also being commercialised, will be regular and wastage would be drastically curtailed.

He said even with the commercialisation, the needs of the poor would be addressed.

He urged the Water Supply Agency to ensure that every home is serviced and advised those being serviced to endeavour to pay their water bills.

Speaking earlier, Barr. Yusufu Akirikwen, Commissioner for Water Resources, said the construction of the reservoir and other related works would mark the last stage towards the completion of the Jalingo Primary Water Supply Scheme.

The Commissioner said the state government has been sufficiently assured by the contractors of the delivery of high quality job.

He pleaded with the people of Taraba State to support the efforts of Government to solve the problem of water supply by owning the facility and protecting it.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Engr. Musa Buba Siam, Managing Director of the Taraba State Water Supply Agency described the approach of Governor Ishaku towards solving the water problem in the state as the most pragmatic since the creation of the state.

He said the Jalingo Primary Water Scheme would increase supply of water in Jalingo from 8 million litres to 28 million litres per day.

The ceremony was performed by Governor Ishaku on Mount Jalingo.

– Story by Bala Dan Abu, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media and Publicity)

The site of the reservoire will be developed to be an attractive tourist centre with a VIP and general restaurant.

Taraba Govt. to Complete 7Billion Naira Water Project

Taraba Govt. to Complete 7Billion Naira Water Project

Governor Darius Ishaku has assured Tarabans of his determination to complete the Seven Billion Naira Jailingo Primary Water Source Project.

He made the declaration during the launching of the State Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH policy at the Gymnasium Hall of the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo.

Ishaku stated that his administration had spent time and resources in ensuring that people of the State have access to potable water in both urban and rural areas.

The Governor charged the Water Supply Agency and its partners to adopt best water management practices towards the sustenance of water supply and hygiene in the State.

He enumerated his achievements in the water sector to include employment of fifty professionals, computerisation, metering and introduction of automated water machines and the construction of over three hundred boreholes.

He acknowledged the contributions of African Development Bank, Japanese Agency, UNICEF, USAID World Bank and other partners in the development of water.

Earlier, the Chairman, Integrated State Steering Committee on Water Sanitation and Hygiene who is also the Secretary to the State Government, Anthony Jellason said Taraba State was able to witness tremendous development in the water sector owing to the pragmatic and focused leadership of Governor Darius Ishaku.

Commenting, Commissioner for Water Resources, Emmanuel Gowon Hallan emphasized the importance of water saying plans must be underground to tackle scarcity in some years to come in view of population explosion and increased consumption.

He remarked that globally, focus is now on water hygiene and sanitation which shows that the State is on track.

The Program featured a documentary on the development recorded in the water sector in Taraba State, goodwill messages from partners, presentation of Integrated Steering Committee, launching and presentation of the revised WASH policy to the public.

Governor Ishaku later commissioned new ATM water dispensers at Nukkai and inspected the Karofi water project.

In a related development, Governor Ishaku has placed a ban on the use of polythene bags in the State saying appropriate legislation would be made by Members of the State House of Assembly. He called on the Ministry of Water, Integrated State Steering Committee on WASH and partners to give necessary advise.