Gov. Sani Bello: Achieved a lot in the water sector
In pursuance of a sustainable, efficient and regular provision of water and sewage services across the state, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, has inaugurated an 11-man governing board for the Niger State Water and Sewage Corporation.
Inaugurating the committee at the Government House, Minna, the state capital Gov. Sani Bello, said considerable achievements had been recorded in the water sector based on the steps taken by the present administration.
The governor maitained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Mrs. Mary Noel-Berge that though the state government has replaced obsolete equipment in most of the waterworks across the state worth about N2 billion, the sector is still confronted with the challenge of reticulation as most pipes have busted.
“We have so far been able to replace pumps, electric motors, generating sets, and other ancillary equipment for smooth operation and distribution of water across the state,” the governor said.
He then charged the new board members to execute performance-based activities that will ensure that portable water in adequate quality and quantity is provided to the larger number of people.
The governor also urged the board members to bring their professional wealth of experience to bear in effecting critical reforms towards transforming the water corporation into a professionally managed and commercially viable public enterprise.
The terms of reference for the board includes, making strategic decisions on the activities and mandate of the corporation, reviewing and approving the corporation’s business plan, budget and performance.
The board is also to monitor the implementation of the state E-Wash policy as it affects water supply and sewage in its operation, to ensure compliance with regulations and standard set by the regulatory commission.
The board is also expected to approve and monitor the implementation of the corporation’s water services development and investment plans as well as propose urban development water tariff for the approval of the regulator.
The 11-man board members have Engineer Inuwa Kuta Musa, from Zone B as chairman. Other members are; Engineer. Adamu Atsu for Zone A, Alhaji Abdulkhadir Usman from Zone C, Engineer Dr. Elizabeth Eterigho representing Nigeria Society of Engineers, Barrister Mohammed El-Sunil, stands in for the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA)
Others are; Haruna Yahaya represents ICAN, Mrs. Salamatu Idris stands in for the Institute of Management, Dr. Mrs. Hadiza Mohammed represents Civil Society Organizations, Dr. Abdulkadir Baba Hassan, representative of Niger Chamber of Commerce, and Engineer Hassan Mohammed Chado, the Corporation’s Managing Director.