Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman H. Adamu, has disclosed that the Regional Water supply Scheme is a conventional Water Treatment Plant that has the capacity to produce 10 million liters per day (10MLD) of drinkable water that can serve a population of over 150,000 people.
The minister, while speaking during the commissioning of Mangu water supply project, said the construction of the plant that was originally completed in July, 2007, could not be commissioned due to noncompetition of the dam that was to store the raw water.
However, in order to speedily put the water plant into operation, an additional contract was awarded for construction of Water Intake Structure, a 10km Ductile Iron (DI) transmission pipeline, 2 elevated steel water tanks and 18km UPVC distribution pipeline.
On the Mangu Dam and the water treatment facility, the minister said Plateau state government is expected to construct the distribution networks; and with the handing-over of this scheme to the state government today, the stage is set for actions that will make all the target communities to benefit from the scheme.
The minister further assured that the works on the Dam component, which was previously stalled, has now reached a compilation status of 67 percent, and will be completed as soon as possible.
While calling on the state government to ensure that this scheme is operated in a sustainable manner so as to provide long-term service to the people, and urged all hands to be on deck with the involvement of all stakeholders, from the state policy makers to operators and water user.
In an interview, Engr Adamu stated that, there is the need to create the enabling environment that will make the operators to perform their duties as required and for the water users to optimally contribute to the running cost of the scheme within their affordability.
“The state and local government are expected to provide potable water to the people living in the urban and rural areas, respectively, within the establishment Federal Policy Framework,” he stated.
According to him, the federal government’s direct involvement in the provision of water supply facilities is, therefore, an intervention that is meant to accelerate access to potable water in the country towards meeting national and internationally set targets where such facilities are completed.
Speaking also, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state disclosed that as a demonstration of their desire to revolutionize the water sub-sector, government has allotted over N650 million in the 2018 budget, and has allotted another N1.2 billion in the 2019 budget to construct the distribution infrastructure for the many Regional Water Scheme phase 1.
“The second-phase of the project will cover the entire Mangu local government area. We have resuscitated Shendam, Pankshin and Bokkos Water Treatment Plants to skeletal operations.
“Arrangements have been concluded to resuscitate Langtang North Treatment Plant, and government has also set aside money for payment of the annual 10 percent counterpart funds for N50 million Freach Development Agency for their resuscitation of hitherto neglected water supply infrastructure within the Jos- Bukuru Metropolis and, indeed, the greater Jos Master Plan,” Governor Lalong explained.