The Commissioner of the Ministry of Water Resources, Sen. Alkali Jajere has chaired an emergency meeting to review and resolve the ongoing water scarcity in the environment following the recent water scarcity that affects the city of Damaturu.
Senator Jajere represented by Dr Abubakar Garba Iliya, the Commissioner Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management noted that the meeting is a result of recent water scarcity in Damaturu attributed to electricity failure.
The Commissioner pointed out that Governor Mai Mala Buni was deeply concerned by the recent happenings in the state and has directed all stakeholders to engage and proffer solutions to ensure that all boreholes are fully operational in order to meet the needs of the population during this festive period and beyond.
The Commissioner added that, even though the electricity problem is being rectified, it is imminently necessary for water resources stakeholders and emergency managers to be on alert and ensure that the gaps are closed for the betterment of the state citizens.
He revealed that Government has already released 10,000 litres of diesel which is in the process of distribution to all the water boreholes.
The Commissioner charged the General Manager of Yobe Water Corporation to ensure accountability in the distribution of the diesel with priority to high-density populations in need and high yielding boreholes in the first instance as well as hard to reach areas.
The Commissioner called on the General Manager to form a Task Force team that will monitor the distribution and proper usage of the diesel supplied and ensure all water tankers are mobilised to reach hard to reach points and ensure free delivery.
While the General Manager confirmed that as of the close of business (COB) on Saturday, all boreholes that required minor repairs, servicing and battery replacement have been repaired and as soon as fuel distribution is completed, distribution will be at full capacity, he further called on SEMA and Fire service to mobilised donors and fire brigade water tankers to some locations to complement the government respond.
The Director fire cautioned on the need to ensure the water lifting source of tankers is of good quality and wholesome for human consumption.
The Hon Commissioner further charged the operational lifting hours to be increased from 3 to 6 hours in this period of emergency.
The general public has been urged to be calm as Governor Mai Mala Buni’s directives to cushion the hardship during Sallah eve and beyond will be strictly adhered to.
The team which comprises of Commissioner, GM water cooperation, Director Operation and Maintenance, DPRS, Director Finance, Director Fire Service and Executive Secretary SEMA collectively inspected 4 boreholes in Damaturu ( DA52 Sabon Sabon Pegi, DA82 pompomari and DA25 sabon pegi) to ensure compliance with increase lifting time and operations. The team also visited 2 points in pompomari where fire tankers are dispensing water to the public for free.
“The committee briefed His Excellency the Deputy Governor on the outcome of the meeting and action points”. The Adhoc Committee will meet at 4.30 pm to review the situation