Onitshaâ€”The Anambra state government has warned unlicenced commercial borehole operators to desist from selling water in the state or face legal action.
The warning was contained in a statement in Onitsha, Anambra state. The statement by the state Commissioner for Utilities, Mr Emeka Nwonkwu, and Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr Eze Echesi, advised those involved to obtain licenced or stop their activities.
The statement said that jail terms awaited unlicenced commercial water borehole operators, who failed to comply with the directive.
It said that the state government had appointed Mr Chinedum Anachuma, CEO of Chinedum and Sons Engineering Company Nigeria Ltd, as agent to collect revenue from water operators.
â€œThe Company has been mandated on behalf of the state government to issue licences to the said commercial water operators after meeting the stipulated requirements and payment of N25,500 for deep boreholes and N12,000 for shallow boreholes. Renewal of the deep borehole licence yearly will cost N10,000, and shallow borehole will cost N5,000 while Water tanker operators in the state will pay N5,000,â€™â€™ the statement said.
It, however, reminded borehole and water tanker operators in the state to be wary of fake revenue agents, who parade themselves as government agents.
It said that the state government had also directed that payments should be made to all commercial banks in the state through the Anambra Pay Direct System (ANPD).