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Borno completes Dalori treatment plant, tackles water scarcity

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The Borno State Government has completed the Dalori water treatment plant and 500 boreholes in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Hajiya Mairo Lawan, said this at an event to mark 2021 World Water Day theme: “Valuing Water,” in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

According to her, the policy would address issues raised during decades of Boko Haram insurgency in the state. The issues, she said include data capture of water consumers and collection of outstanding water revenues.

Lawan said the sectors that suffered most from insurgency; are the water supply infrastructural facilities and workers. She noted that during the over a decade long insurgency, the state government could not train or employ workers for the water supply sector.

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She said instead of paying monthly water rates individually, cluster payments should be made in various communities, noting that it is cheaper to pay in clusters than individual households.

She noted that by taking potable water to the doorsteps of people, and construction of earth dams, indiscriminate sinking of boreholes might not arise in any part of the state.

On the receding of Lake Chad, she said “To address the receding of the lake, it should be recharged by member countries of Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC),” adding that this will enable the lake to have more water for Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger.

The permanent secretary added that other challenges of providing water include, expensive procurements of chemicals and diesel for the treatment plants and 500 boreholes.

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