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50,000 to benefit from rehabilitation of water plant

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From JIDAUNA DARING, Bokkos

AS part of the Plateau State Government’s efforts to provide safe drinking water for citizens, about 50,000 people are expected to benefit from the rehabilitation of the abandoned Bokkos water treatment plant.

General Manager, GM, Plateau Municipal Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (PLAMWASSA), Engr. Julius Akawu, disclosed this when he took the World Bank and Federal Government’s delegations on an inspection tour of the on-going rehabilitation work at the Bokkos Treatment Plant, recently.

He informed the delegation that the plant was initially designed to supply 15,000 people within Bokkos town but it was scaled up to 50,000 inhabitants within Bokkos municipal areas.

The GM explained that the plant was constructed in 1982 but broke down after 15 years as a result of lack of maintenance.

Akawu attributed the major problem of the treatment plant to lack of political will by the previous administrations in the state to tackle the challenges confronting it.

He commended Governor Caleb Mutfwang for taking proactive the current proactive steps towards rescucitating it.

He said that when the rehabilitation work is completed, the agency would take care of the plant to ensure its sustainability.

He pointed out that work had reached between 40 to 50 percent completion stage, adding that it was a total overhaul work which needed to be carried out with caution for set goals to be achieved.

Members of the delegation, who asked the PLAMWASSA boss several questions, strongly emphasized the need for quality work in order to avoid wastage of invested resources.

The contractor, Belmont Nigeria Ltd., assured of a standard work and promised to speed up work in order to deliver the contract on time.

Our correspondent reports that the delegation had earlier paid a courtesy call on the Transition Implementation Committee (TIC) Chairman, Bokkos Local Government Council (LGC), Hon. Monday Kassah.

Meanwhile, other places inspected by other teams included boreholes at the Davou Community in Vom, Jos South LGA, the Yelwa Water Treatment Plant, Bukuru, and dam site at Mista-Ali, Jos North LGA.

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