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‘How We Overcome Challenges Of Water In Yobe’

Posted: Jun 1, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Mohammed Abubakar Damaturu

Safe drinking water is essential to humans and other life-forms even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients.



Access to safe drinking water has improved over the last decades in almost every part of the world, but approximately one billion people still lack access to safe water and over 2.5 billion lack accesses to adequate sanitation. There is a clear correlation between access to safe water and gross domestic product per capita. However, some observers have estimated that by 2025 more than half of the world population will be facing water-based vulnerability. A report, issued in November 2009, suggests that by 2030, in some developing regions of the world, water demand will exceed supply by 50 per cent. Water plays an important role in the world economy, as it functions as a solvent for a wide variety of chemical substances and facilitates industrial cooling and transportation. Approximately 70 per cent of the fresh water used by humans goes to agriculture.

In Yobe State, prior to the appointment of Alhaji Usman Ahmed as General Manager of the state Water Corporation, there were challenges of water across the state but his concern and determination of ending the water challenges has positively improved the situation.

In the past most of the borehole operators seem to be unserious in their duties but the new General Manager ensured that he personally inspects the performance of every borehole within and outside Damaturu, the state capital.

As part of Democracy Day celebration, Ahmed briefed the press on the activities of Yobe Water Corporation in the period under review.

He said: “Let me start with commitment; here in our Corporation we are totally committed, we do not tolerate indiscipline and laziness because we are saddled with the responsibility of distributing water to people, wherever you go you discover that we are serious on water provision to improve the lives of our people, thank God we have received commendations from all quarters simply because all our boreholes are functional”.

Ahmed revealed that their greatest challenge was power supply. “Sometimes here in Yobe the PHCN do not give us light for a week, we have to use our generators that use fuel; this has not distracted our commitment towards water supply in the state. We supply diesel and other lubricants to our borehole generating sets, in cases of servicing sometimes we travel as far as Kano to get parts; we must thank Yobe State Government for the prompt support and cooperation towards water issues”.

The GM further explained that borehole water is more hygienic and purer than the surface water supply, adding that with “surface water you have to treat it with chemicals like chlorine and others”.

He expressed dismay over the attitudes of private borehole operators in the state who mostly drill shallow boreholes, leading to the supply of contaminated water to the consumers. He said government was looking into the ways of overcoming this menace.

“In our own case, all the government boreholes comply with the standard of drilling depth, purity, location; we ensure it is clean and portable for consumption. In Damaturu alone we have over 70 boreholes and all functional and 130 spread across the urban areas of the state.”

Ahmed also assured that with the support they are getting from the state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, they would continue to record success in the provision of clean water to the teeming people.

On the issue of water bills payment, the GM urged the consumers to promptly pay their bills, adding, “This is the major problem we are facing, people do not want to pay their bills, our rate is the lowest in the whole of this country. I urge them to please pay their bills always”.