Yobe Water Corporation moves to arrest water scarcity

In a bid to address the persistent water scarcity in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, the General Manager of the state Water Corporation, Engr. Mahdi Baba Zaa, has announced a significant increase in diesel supply.

A statement issued by the agency’s media department on Friday quoted Zaa as disclosing this after he had a closed-door meeting with Governor Mai Mala Buni, and stakeholders in the water sector.

Zaa, who revealed that the monthly diesel allocation has been raised from 40, 000 to 60, 000 litres, attributed the water scarcity to the destruction of critical parts of the 330KV electricity transmission line by vandals, leaving many boreholes reliant solely on generators for operation.

He assured residents that the increased diesel supply would facilitate the powering of all existing and functional boreholes in the affected areas.

The GM, however, pledged transparency in the distribution and disbursement process, involving community participation to ensure accountability.

Zaa expressed confidence that the intervention of Governor Buni for the Corporation to urgently distribute the additional diesel to affected boreholes in Damaturu and its environs would alleviate the water scarcity problem significantly.

He also reminded residents of the state’s regulations regarding the drilling of private boreholes, and emphasised the importance of seeking approval from the Corporation before embarking on such projects.