By Wole Mosadomi
Minna – The target set by the Niger State Government of providing portable water to the people of the State this year is no longer realizable just as the State Governor, Dr. Muâ€™azu Babangida Aliyu apologized to the people for the set back.
Last year while speaking at the â€œJamma Forumâ€ (Peoples Parliament) in New Bussa Local Government Area of the State, the Governor declared 2009 â€œYear of Waterâ€ for the State while he also reiterated on this while presenting their yearâ€™s budget proposal to the State House of Assembly early this year.
However, at the opening session of the three day retreat organized for members of the State Executive Council, the Governor expressed disappointed over the inability of the Government to accomplish the task and has therefore shifted the year of accomplishment to next year (2010).
He promised that all steps will be taken by the State Government to actualize the dream against next year adding that the posting of former Commissioner of Health, Dr. Isah Yahaya Vatsa to the Ministry of Water Resources is to turn around the sector and get result for the government.
He said he has directed the Commissioner to critically understudy the situation and come out with a proposal that will rescue the situation with particular attention to Minna, the State capital after which the gesture will be extended to other parts of the State.
The State Government in an effort to turn around the Ministry towards providing uninterrupted Water Supply to the State has pumped over N1b to the sector within two years and overhauled the State Water Board for effectiveness.
Due to the acute water scarcity that hit the State Capital early this year due to lack of adequate maintenance of the water works in the past years, government ordered for the immediate supply of ten water tankers to be supplying water to the people free and also approach the sinking of one hundred boreholes within Minna metropolis alone to alleviate the suffering of the people.