Water scarcity: Taraba gov’t to spend N3.6 billion on new boreholes in Jalingo Town

by Vincent Ehiabhi

In a bid to end constant water scarcity in Jalingo, the Taraba State Government and the African Development Bank (ADB) have launched a N3.6 billion water project for the town. This is according to the  Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Rebo Usman.

“We launched the project a month ago for Jalingo water project and our counterpart funding is about N500 million but the total is N3.6 billion.

“We have just completed the assessment of consultants and also done the launching of the project, in the next six months, we should be ready to award the contract.

“It is a four-year project, we are going to lay 250 kilometres of pipeline in Jalingo town,” Usman said. According to him, the project is meant for Jalingo township and it includes a feasibility study for future surface water source for the city. Usman said the project would address the medium term water needs of the town.

“We are going to do a feasibility study on the water supply as part of the project and this project will also include sanitation,” he said.

Usman confirmed that the state’s capital currently had less than 10 boreholes serving the whole town and assured that the State Government was committed to ending the water scarcity.

He said that 25 new industrial boreholes would soon be drilled while 12 boreholes would be rehabilitated as part of the government’s efforts to end water scarcity in Jalingo.

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