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Dry Tap: Politicians, Residents Demand Probe Of Plateau N8Bn Water Loan

Agabus Pwanagba, Jos – Some Aspirants and community representatives in Plateau state have complained that after years of executing water projects for which the government took a loan of N8 billion, there is still no tap water in the state.

Speaking at a ‘State-Level Citizens Engagement Meeting’ in Jos, organized by an NGO, Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP) for candidates and electorates to interact, the participants tasked the Jonah Jang administration to justify the multi-billion naira water

supply investment against water scarcity in Jos North, Jos South, Jos East and Bassa Local Government Areas that the Greater Jos-Bukuru Water Rehabilitation project was intended to serve.

The Governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the State, Alhaji Sabiu Ibrahim Musa said “The government talks about spending so much money, yet no water, and our people are suffering.

Sabiu assured the citizenry of solving the State’s water problem by involving people who are experts in the sector and who demonstrate sufficient will to do the right thing, if he is elected governor of the State.

Leader of the Jos North local government area representatives at the meeting, Mr. Bature Badung complained that water was a great challenge in the communities around the council area, marveling at how such

should be the case in light of government’s often mentioned investment in that direction and urging the party candidates to address the challenge if they were elected.

Also speaking at the event, Mrs Eunice Gambo, Plateau North Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said it was a sad irony that Plateau State had abundant water begging for utilization only for the populace to be suffering water scarcity.

“The government of this state collected N8 billion loan to provide water; where is the water?” She asked.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Programme Manager of Community Action for Popular Participation, Mr. Nelson Ananze, explained that the project under which the State-Level Citizens’ Engagement Meeting was held, Strengthening Citizens’ Engagement in Electoral Processes (SCEEP), was aimed at improving the electoral processes through a more robust involvement of citizens in such processes.



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