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Influx Of IDPs Causes Water Scarcity In Bauchi – Gov Abubakar

Governor Abubakar
Posted: Jul 8, 2016 at 6:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu

Bauchi – Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has disclosed that the state was facing shortage of water supply due to the overpopulation caused by settlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in various communities in the state.

Governor Abubakar stated this when he received Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu, the Emir of Bauchi, on a Sallah homage at the Government House, Bauchi on Thursday.

The governor said before Bauchi metropolis needs 15,000 gallons of water daily but now needs 25 million gallons daily.

He assured that plan was underway for the state government to collaborate with World Bank in trying to improve Gubi Dam, saying water supply would be improved in the next two years.

Abubakar then promised to deliver a request letter to President Muhammad Buhari concerning the establishment of modern prison in the state and the construction of Bauchi-Gombe Road.

Earlier, Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu, Emir of Bauchi, called on the Federal Government to establish a modern prison to replace the present one in Bauchi that lacks adequate security measures.

He urged the governor to request President Muhammad Buhari to consider the provision of modern prisons in the state.

The Emir also urged the governor to urge the President to consider awarding the reconstruction of Bauchi- Gombe federal highway road to ease transportation problem as well as to reduce the number of accidents in the road considering its present deplorable condition.

He said despite the fact that the state is facing economic challenges but called on the governor to address the problem of water shortage facing the metropolis and the state in general.

He enjoined the governor to provide skill acquisition programmes to the teaming unemployed youth in the state.

He added, “There is need to initiate farming programme and to engage more health personnel to manage the available health facilities in our hospitals as well as construction of rural roads across the emirate to boost health facilities and commercial activities.”