Wa­ter scarcity hits Gusau

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Shehu Umar, Gusau

Res­i­dents of Gusau, the Zam­fara State cap­i­tal, are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing acute wa­ter scarcity as a re­sult of faulty ma­chines in the city’s wa­ter sup­ply sta­tion.

Wa­ter ven­dors are now ben­e­fit­ting from the scarcity as they have in­creased the price of jerry cans of wa­ter from the nor­mal N20 to N50. But govern­ment is com­ing to the res­cue as the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, Al­haji Yusuf Us­man Kaura, as­sured that the scarcity would soon be ad­dressed as nec­es­sary re­pairs have been car­ried out on the wa­ter pump­ing ma­chines. He said in ad­di­tion to that, govern­ment had pro­vided wa­ter tanks in strate­gic lo­ca­tions for dis­tri­bu­tion of wa­ter. He gave the as­sur­ances yes­ter­day, adding that con­struc­tion of wa­ter reser­voirs has se­ri­ous neg­a­tive ef­fects on the dis­tri­bu­tion of wa­ter to the larger pop­u­la­tion.

“The min­istry is fully aware of some res­i­dents that hi­jack the wa­ter be­ing pumped for the con­sump­tion of the gen­eral pub­lic in Gusau as some were re­ported to be us­ing the wa­ter reser­voir for commercial pur­poses”, he added. He said the min­istry would soon em­bark on clo­sure of reser­voirs meant for commercial pur­poses.

PHOTO: NAN

Chief Press Sec­re­tary to Rivers Gover­nor, Mr David Iy­ofor (left), with the state Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice, Mr Worgu Boms, ad­dress­ing a news con­fer­ence on the sus­pen­sion of the state chief judge in Port Har­court yes­ter­day.

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