By Bamidele Fashube
AS part of efforts to address water challenges in Yobe State, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N8.4 billion for the construction of Damaturu Water Supply project in the state.
Suleiman Adamu, the Minister of Water Resources disclosed this after the regular FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The contracts are to be executed by three different contractors and should be delivered in 24 months.
“I presented a memo for the construction of Damaturu water supply project in Yobe state in favour of three contractors at the sum of N8.43 billion. The contracts divided into three are all groundwater or borehole-based projects spread over a wide distance because they are covering three major cities,” Adamu said.
“They will be mostly solar-based and also they are in response to the critical needs of these localities within Yobe state, especially as they have been suffering a lot because these areas affected by the Boko haram insurgency which started several years ago and therefore, we need to support their water supply needs.
“These are high Sahelian region where surface water is difficult to come by so we hope that by this intervention, the water supply in these locations would be great.”