Minna: Board Blames Potable Water Shortage On Epileptic Power Supply

Zonal Manager, News Agency of Nigeria, South-West, Mr Folrunso Ojo, with Director, National Human Rights Commission, Oyo State, Oyindamola Bamgbose, during her visit to NAN Zonal Office in Ibadan, recently.

The Niger State Water Board, says inadequate electricity supply is responsible for the shortage of portable water supply in Minna and its environ for over three weeks.
The General Manager of the board, Alhaji Hassan Chado, disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in Minna yesterday.
“The kind of electricity supply we are getting from the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) now can hardly power our water pumping machines.
“This is why we are having the shortage of water and when we use our 2, 000 KVA generator, is only a few people that will get the water,” he said.
Chado said that it took N1 million to run the generator for 24 hours in order to power the water pumps.
“Aside that some parts of the state capital will not get the water when we use generator, we cannot even sustain it because of the high cost,” he said.
He explained that the task of supplying portable water was capital intensive, adding that there were problems of inadequate funding of the sector by previous governments in the state.
This, he said, had forced the present administration to go extra mile to develop the sector.
Chado noted that five critical components in the sector include: pumping equipment, water treatment facilities, power supply, pipeline and raw water source which had almost been neglected by the previous administrations.
‘’Previous governments have not made tangible investment in the water sector. This is what is affecting us now.”
He said that the state government was working with the US-Agency for International Development (US-AID), French Development Agency and other international partners to develop the sector.
“Our development partners have promised to us loan, grants and technical support to develop the sector,” he said.