From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Concerned stakeholders in Bauchi state have called on the Governor Mohammed Abubakar-led administration to rehabilitate Gubi Dam Water Treatment Plant to ease the problem of water scarcity in the state.
The stakeholders from Bauchi, Kirfi, Alkaleri and Toro Local government Areas of Bauchi state stated this at a one day sensitization meeting organized by Network for Civil Society Organization on WASH (NEWSAN) supported by Water aid Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Congress held in Bauchi on Tuesday.
The stakeholders, while presenting their priority at the meeting, emphasized the need to make Gubi Dam Treatment Plant very functional order to meet the water needs of the people.
They expressed worry over the dilapidated structure of some of the equipment at the Dam, stressing the need for provision of new and sophisticated equipment at the Dam that will meet the water needs of the people.
The stakeholders also called for construction of more motorize and hand pump bore holes at the grassroots and remote villages to enable the communities to get portable Water.
They identified lack of clean water as the main cause of water borne diseases which according to them have claimed several lives in their separate areas.
The also enjoined the government to rehabilitate the broken down boreholes across the state
In her welcome address, Deborah Kogi, Programme Manager of Women Empowerment Initiative (WEIN), Bauchi chapter, stressed the need for clean water and sanitation in the various communities to avoid communicable diseases.
She said “we must always ensure we drink and cook with clean water as well as make our environment clean in order to live a health life.
According to her, the aim of the meeting is to sensitize stakeholders in the need to always demand their WASH needs from elected office holder