BY DAHIRU SULEIMAN, DUTSE.
Despite huge investment of over N1.7b in the last four years by the Jigawa State Government towards the provision of water supply to Dutse and its environs, yet the state capital is faced with acute shortage of water supply for years.
“We wonder upon the proclaimed N250m water reticulation, upgrading and improvement of water supply to over 25 water points within the state capital, we are yet to boast of getting steady water supply to our domestic pipes,” said Comrade Bosuwa, one of the residents in one of the affected worst hit areas.
Bosuwa who spoke un-behalf of other residents of Gida Dubu housing quarters in Dutse decried how the state government failed to supply its citizens with clean and hygienic water but left them to depend on water vendors, a situation which posed risk to their health as such supply was un- hygienic.
According to him, provision of water by governments at all levels to its citizen is compulsory based on UN Charter which stipulates that government of any given nation or states must provide its citizens hygienic drinking water.
He lamented that before now, the state government through its water resources ministry supplied water twice in a week, Mondays and Thursdays, but suddenly the supply stopped.
But Garba Hannun Giwa, Commissioner for Water Resources, said government was concerned about the plight of some quarters within the metropolis. “I will like to inform our teeming populace that we are on course in our ongoing major water works within Dutse,” he said. He assured that water will be supplied in full force in a week’s time.
He noted that apart from metropolitan Dutse, government expended over N1billion on gigantic water projects across the 27 LGAs in the state, in addition to upgrading of over 1,750 boreholes across the state to full pledged solar motorized boreholes.
He stated that over N200m was approved by government for replacement of all broken down old pipes among other water works on 25 water points within Dutse, stressing that efforts were geared towards completing the major water repairs on schedule, and hope to be completed within shortest possible time.