SELYA YARNAP, Bauchi
The sum of $250million has been approved by the African Development Bank for developmental projects in the North East zone.Addressing newsmen on his one-year anniversary as member of the State Executive Council, Bauchi State Commissioner for Water resources, Alhaji Muhammad Ghali Abdulhamid, said out of the amount, $50million was allocated to the state which will be used for infrastructural development.
According him, the money would be used in education, water, local government, health and other key sectors.
He added that the state Governor has approved the commencement of water projects in the 12 local government areas that are not beneficiaries of UNICEF’s intervention in the state through direct labour.
The commissioner said the present administration in the state has paid its counterpart fund of N140million to UNICEF which paved the way for the execution of many projects in the state.
He disclosed that UNICEF has added two more local government areas among the beneficiaries of its programmes in the state which makes the number of the benefitting areas ten.
On efforts by the state government to improve the supply of water in the state, he revealed that over N12million was expended on the repairs of water facilities in Bauchi, Azare and Misau since the inception of the administration.
According to him, 980 hand pumps were repaired while eight hundred and forty new ones were sunk across the state during the period under review.
Speaking on the third urban World Bank scheme, Alhaji Abdulhamid said Bauchi was among states to benefit from a $72million grant for the expansion of water pipes to new settlements in the urban areas of the state.
The commissioner stated that every consumer of water will be metered for easy billing by the State Water Board.
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