General Manager of the Gombe State Water Corporation, Malam Isah Mohammad, has blamed paucity of funds for the water scarcity in Gombe and its environs.
Mohammad said that the maintenance of the multi-billion naira Gombe Regional Water Supply Scheme at the Dadin-Kowa Dam was posing a huge challenge owing to lack of funds.
Addressing a news conference in Gombe on Wednesday following the prolonged maintenance work at the treatment plant, the general manager said the current economic recession had made it mandatory for the board to sit up and look inward.
“If not, a time will come when people will be forced to get water through more expensive sources,” he said.
He said that plans were underway to embark on debt recovery with the help of a task force.
The manager noted that throughout last year, only N600,000 was realised from the payment of water rates in the state.
He said that the task force would identify defaulters and register illegal consumers of water.
Mohammed said that the provision of water needed to be efficiently done and devoid of political sentiment in view of the current realities facing the board.
“The water project was designed to provide water for about 300,000 residents of the state capital and its environs more than 10 years ago but it has been overstretched to provide water for nearly 700,000 residents.”
He said the situation was largely due to the influx of people from neighboring states affected by insurgency.