By Ismaila Uba Misilli
… As Minister Commends Inuwa Yahaya for Being First Governor to Key into FG’s Collaborative Funding System on Water Supply
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State and the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Sulaiman H. Adamu have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on collaborative funding of the Gombe Regional Water Supply Project.
The MoU is aimed at actualizing the rehabilitation, upgrading and expansion of the 50 Million Litres Per Day Gombe Regional Water Supply Scheme in line with Governor Yahaya’s commitment to provide adequate and sustainable water supply to Gombe metropolis and adjoining local government areas as well as improving water supply facilities/ infrastructure to meet the emerging Water demand in Gombe State in general.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Yahaya said inspite of the challenges associated with the prevailing time, his administration was able to put the Dadinkowa regional water Scheme into productive use for the benefit of the people of the State.
The Governor said through synergy with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, the Gombe Regional Water Scheme was expanded to benefit both Gombe Metropolis and environs, describing the commitment displayed by the Minister towards the full utilisation of the scheme as commendable.
“From Dadinkowa to Gombe is about 15 kilometres and the project was done at the cost of about 10 billion naira then with the support of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and since that time it has never tasted failure, yes challenges may have contributed to it operating sluggishly, but with the effort we are putting; we are maximizing its use to the extent that today on the average we are supplying the metropolis with not less than 40 million litres of water”.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya observed that the rapid growth and population increase as well as the influx of Internally Displaced Persons into the State from contiguous states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa due to insurgency, presuppose the need for the expansion of the water supply scheme to meet with the ever growing demand.
The Governor thanked the Federal Ministry of Water Resources for championing various projects aimed at improving safe drinking water to Nigerians, assuring that his administration will continue to work in partnership with the Federal government and relevant agencies in order to enhance the provision of water to the people of the State.
“Recently we signed the order banning open defecation in Gombe and we declared an emergency on Water Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH so we are working in tandem with the Ministry of Water Resources in order to actualize its ambitious projects”.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya said the Gombe State Government under his leadership will always approach the Federal Ministry of Water Resources for partnership in areas that can be beneficial to the people of the State and the Federal government.
He however expressed concern with the slow pace if the third National Urban Water Sector Reform Project which Gombe State has keyed into and paid its counterpart fund, urging the Minister to intervene with a view to pursuing it to its logical conclusion.
The Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu said in meeting with challenges of water supply to Nigerians the Federal Government adopted numerous strategies to improve service delivery in the sector.
One of such strategies, the Minister explains was to foster improved partnership of implementation with States in line with the National Water and Sanitation policy that has been in place since year 2000 and reinforced by the National water policy that was approved under the present administration.
“The centre piece of the policy was the provision of sufficient portable water and adequate sanitation to all Nigerians at an affordable and sustainable way through participatory investment by the three tiers of government, the private sector and the beneficiaries themselves”.
“To enable us operationalize this laudable provision of the policy, I initiated way back in 2017, a budget line titled “COUNTERPART FUND FOR URBAN WATER SUPPLY IMPROVEMENT IN LINE WITH NATIONAL WATER SUPPLY POLICY” in the annual Budget of my Ministry. I am pleased and encouraged that Gombe State Government is the first to tap into this budget line in accordance with our vision. I urge other States to emulate this BIG handshake with the Jewel in the Savannah!”
He said this was envisaged to improve system coordination and engender court sharing arrangements for the execution of capital projects and sustainable operation and maintenance of existing facilities, saying under this policy the court sharing in Investment for water supply is such that the Federal Government will contribute 30 percent of the project capital cost while States and Local Government will Finance the balance of 70 percent.
“There is no gainsaying the numerous benefits derivable from this project if vigorously pursued to its full implementation. I am sure the people of Gombe township and its environs will witness a new lease of life with other attendant benefits such as improved health, improved school enrolment as children will spend less time fetching water from streams and other unsafe sources; job creation as well as operation and maintenance of the water facility”.
The Minister commended the efforts and positive disposition of Governor Inuwa Yahaya towards the realization of these noble goals, assuring him of the Ministry’s support towards the full implementation of the MoU.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Gombe State Commissioner for Water Resources, Mijinyawa Yahaya, Special Adviser to the the Governor, Abuja Liaison, Usman Aliyu Garry and other officials of the ministry and those of Gombe State Government.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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