By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi — BAUCHI State Government is to benefit from a World Bank loan facility of $65 million (N10.4 billion) to upgrade the state water supply scheme towards the provision of adequate potable water for its growing population.
Under the arrangement, the government is to up-grade the equipment of Gubi dam, power generating plants, provision of 50 kilometres of pipeline to replace the old ones, as well as additional 100 kilometres of pipe to boost water circulation within the metropolis.
Commissioner of Water Resources, Dr. Bappah Azare, told the newsmen in Bauchi that the State Executive Council had ratified the agreement and the multi-million World Bank funds would be accessed next month.
According to him, “the agreement which has a counter-part funding from the state government to the tune of $6.5 million with an implementation period of six years, will also see to the provision of Feeder Power Line to the Gubi Dam, source of the Bauchi metropolis water supply scheme.
“The agreement also entails the signing by Governor Isa Yuguda of irrevocable standing order to the Federal Ministry of Finance that would signify acceptance or confirmation of deduction at source from the state account allocation to augment the loan agreement.
“Other requirements under the agreement include a resolution by the state House of Assembly that the state is willing to pay the counterpart funding as the law provides in the World Bank transactions.”
He said as part of the agreement, the name, Bauchi State Water Board, had been changed to Bauchi State Water and Sewage Corporation, as implementation by the state Ministry of Water Resources under the chairmanship of the commissioner.
Azare assured stakeholders that with the successful implementation of the World Bank loan agreement, areas that had little or no water would get adequate potable water.