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Bauchi to transform water sector with World Bank $65m grant

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Villagers_at_Water_Pump_near_Calabar_NigeriaThe Bauchi State Government has pledged to use the 65 million dollars World Bank Water grant to transform the water sector in the state.

The World Bank had in 2014 granted the fund to the state government to enable it embarks on its new water rehabilitation scheme within Bauchi metropolis.

Governor Mohammed Abubakar made this known when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Gubi Dam Treatment Plant on Tuesday.

Abubakar, who was at the plant to assess progress of work, said the state government would monitor the expenditure of the 10 per cent counterpart fund paid by it to justifying the value for such fund.

He directed the state Ministry of Water Resources and Water Board to ensure that all the technical details for the speedy implementation of the State Urban Water Supply Project were adhered to.

The governor said his administration would accord provision of water top priority to ensure that residents of Bauchi metropolis and other towns were provided with portable water.

The General Manager, Bauchi State Water Board, Aminu Gital, had told the governor that over N44 million had being released to the board to provide accessories for electricity supply.

Gital said that the board was currently supplying 200 million gallons of water to Bauchi metropolis which covers about 80 per cent of demand of the residents.

He said the World Bank grant would be used to replace and expand the pipelines as part of the Urban Water Supply Scheme.