General Manager of Bauchi State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency, Engr. Garba Babaji Magaji has said that N33 billion was required to cover the gap in water, sanitation and hygiene in the state.
Engr. Magaji also stated that about 6,348 boreholes were required to effectively cover 80-90 percent of water need in the state.
He made the remark when he received the new Commissioner of Water Resources, Alhaji Muhammad Ghali Abdulhamid, who paid a familiarisation visit to the agency.
Besides, the general manager disclosed that currently, only 3, 711 bore holes were functional in the state, describing the number as inadequate to provide the required water, especially in the rural communities of the state.
On open defecation in the state, the general manager said over 15,000 latrines were required in all parts of the state to curb the menace.
He, however, said the state government would by next month declare Dass Local Government Area as free of open defecation and expressed concern that over 8,000 people in the state practise open defecation due to absence of latrines in their areas, calling on households in rural areas to provide local latrines in their homes.
While at the State Water Board, the acting managing director, Engr. Aminu Aliyu Gital told the commissioner that the corporation wass only present in four out of the 20 local government areas of the state due to inadequate staff.
Gital said the reactivated treatment plant at Gubi Dam provides 2.5 million gallons daily, which is not adequate enough to cater for the increasing population of the city.
The managing director disclosed that a World Bank credit facility of $65million for the expansion of Bauchi water supply was on the way, which is expected to be paid in the next 20 years.
He said new pipes would be laid while new reservoir would be constructed, in order to enable the corporation to extend water supply to new settlements in the state capital.

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