From Umar Dankano, Yola.
The communities of Mubi North,Mubi South and Fufore Local Government Areas in Adamawa State have lauded the intervention of European Union,EU in the ongoing massive rehabilitation and construction of facilities to providing improved water supply scheme in the areas.
These local councils have been experiencing acute water shortage for years which have been causing outbreaks of cholera endemic claiming human and animal lives yearly.
A situation the state government sort to seek for necessary assistances from local and foreign partners like European Union and International Committee of the Red Cross,ICRC in areas of water supply and sanitation.
During an on the spot assessment tour of the water projects in these councils with EU delegation and project Team of the state Ministry of Water Resources headed by the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engineer Micheal Medugu weekend projects were seen to have reached advanced stages of completion.
In an interview with journalists, Village Head of Gella town in Mubi South,Alhaji Haruna Ahmad expressed gratefulness to EU and the state government under Governor Ahmadu Fintiri for the intervention.
Ahmad said their communities initially rely on streams for drinking water stressing that the new water supply scheme is a welcome development to the area as everyone is happy about it.
Coordinator of Gella/ Gude Water Customers Association (WCA) and Water Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH),Abubakar Baba applauded the effort pledging that his committee will ensure prudent collection of water tariffs in the areas.
While inspecting the progress of work at various project sites, Director Project of the Ministry Engineer Michael Medugu charged the contractors handling the projects to ensure the meet the April 2020 deadline for the completion of their projects and according to specifications.
At the MUBI Water Treatment Plant, the Project Engineer of the Contracting Firm, M. P. Infrastructural Nigeria ltd told the Monitoring Team that the renovation and rehabilitation works on the plant is almost 100% completed.
The plant built by the military during the defunct Gongola Sstate was abandoned by successive administration thereby causing acute water shortage in Mubi leading to yearly outbreak of cholera epidemic until EU’s intervention.
The plant with a storage capacity of 2.5 million liters of water is expected to permanently solve the water problem in the area as its chemical house containing Lime tank,Chlorine tank and Alum tanks for clearing water are fully rehabilitated.
Engineer Medugu expressed dissatisfaction on the slow pace of the projects especially in areas of construction of administrative blocks at Gude and Gella water supply scheme centres and on the 200, 000 cubic liters of water elevated storage tank.
He warned the contractors to be up and doing to meet the target for the completion of the project.