Gombe Residents Laud Damkwambo Over N4bn Water Project
Barely a day after gombe state governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo signed a four billion naira (N4.172,239,896.48) contract for the rehabilitation of the reticulation works of Gombe township water scheme had reactions trailed about its ability to address the age long Gombe water shortage or not. Our correspondent reports that, Gombe metropholitan city has for past decades been a city without water until the last week’s effort which raises the hope of most residents espicially with its extension to Kwami,Gadam and Bojude major towns. A resident Ibrahim hamisu urges the state government to consider the importance of the project by ensuring strict monitoring of the project to avoid its being abandoned halfway. in his remark during a signing ceremony between the government and the contracting firm CGC (Nig) limited, the governor describe the works as the outcome of water resource committees formed by the government to assess the current status of urban and rural water supply and the challenges militating against attaining water coverage and sanitation in the state. He said apart from the under utilization of the Dadin Kowa water supply scheme the existing network in the metropolis was found to have consist of obsolete and leaking asbestos pipes that have been declared harmful by WHO as being cancer inducing. He revealed also that, apart from the general inadequacy of urban, semi urban and rural water supply facilities many of the rapidly growing suburban areas of the state are not benefiting from the Gombe regional water supply scheme. Dankwambo emphasized the need to connect and re-connect all areas of the state with water in view of the growing influx of people to the state from all parts of the country being a commercial nerve centre of the north east region. The contract which have 18 month completion period is to cover a reticulation distance of about 150km connecting over 12 new settlements as well as the rehabilitation of all ageing pipes in the old layout.