By V. AL-PEA
The Plateau State Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Idi Waziri, has promised to replace old, worn out pipes within Jos.
During a tour of the city, Waziri stopped at the motor park opposite the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), where water was gushing out from a control valve. The Commissioner immediately instructed the maintenance unit of the board to rectify the problem, which they did with expediency.
At the board’s treatment plant situated near the British American Junction, Waziri noticed with dismay that illegal buildings were springing up. He subsequently ordered an immediate stop and declared that government will take drastic action, including demolition of illegal buildings around the area.
The Commissioner then visited the Bingham University Teaching Hospital (Jankwano) where the management complained about poor water supply, stating that it impedes their operation.
Research into the matter revealed major water leakages springing from damaged underground pipes, contributing to poor water supply in the city. Pools of water can be witnessed from underground pipes, making it impossible to deliver it to needy residents even when the water is available. Thus, water problems have persisted in Plateau State.