Scarcity: Sokoto govt threatens to sanction Water Board’s officials | Dailytrust

Scarcity: Sokoto govt threatens to sanction Water Board’s officials

Aminu Tambuwal
Aminu Tambuwal

The Sokoto State government has threatened to suspend top management staff of the state water board if water supply was not restored in some parts of the state on Friday (yesterday).

This was coming few hours after the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the last election in the state, Eng. Abdullahi Waziri, accused the state government of not doing enough to improve on the supply.

Briefing newsmen on the water situation in the state, Waziri noted that residents of Sokoto and environs were faced with acute water scarcity due to government’s neglect of the system.

“Many families could not afford domestic water expenses, including myself. I had to buy pure water for my wife to cook our breakfast,” he said.

Responding, the Commissioner of Water Resources, Umar Bature, attributed the problem to the ongoing road and waterways construction which damaged many of their pipelines.

“But our men are working round the clock to repair them and restore the supply,” he said.

Bature further denied that, due process was not followed in the disposal of unused pipes of the state water board, saying an advertisement was placed on two national dailies (Daily Trust and Leadership) and the sum of N20 million was realised from the disposal.

According to him, the sum of N123 million was being spent every month to supply water to residents of the state.

 

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