19th August, 2010
The problem of acute water shortage in Plateau will soon be over, Malam Idi Waziri, the Commissioner of Water Resources, said on Wednesday.
Waziri disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos.Â “The taps will start running from September; all the equipments required for the rehabilitation of the three water treatment plants in the state have arrived site,â€™â€™ he said.
He recalled that the Plateau Government had, in 2009, awarded a N2.2 billion contract to a Chinese firm for the rehabilitation of the three water treatment plants to ensure steady water supply to the populace.
â€œAs I speak, all the equipments have arrived and I am happy to say that the contractor will commence the installation this week.Â â€œIt means that in a couple of weeks from now, the work will be completed and the treatment plants will function again to full capacity,â€™â€™ he said.
Waziri denied claims that the state House of Assembly had threatened the contractor handling the water project.
â€œWhat the House Committee on Water Resources did was to invite the contractor to know the progress of work on the sites. “There was nothing strange in this because he (contractor) presented relevant documents which indicated that the equipments were being manufactured. “