The Borno State Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Mai Sheriff said recently that the state government spends about N50 million monthly on the purchase of fuel and other consumables for the distribution of 45 million litres of portable water for residents of Maiduguri and parts of Jere, Konduga and Mafa Local Government Areas of the state.
Sheriff, who spoke to newsmen on the activities of his ministry, said 100 boreholes were drilled in the first 100 days of Governor Kashim Shettima’s administration, while 200 others were renovated across the 27 local government areas of the state.
He however lamented that consumers are not willing to pay for water consumed, adding that the monthly revenue generation of the state’s Water Board hardly exceeds N1 million.
He said the ministry relies on Allo Dam and boreholes for the supply of water for industrial and domestic consumption.
“We buy at least six trucks of 33,000 litres of diesel every month to pump water to the people from the treatment plant and the boreholes. This is a big burden on the ministry,” he said.
He said the state government will soon embark on the construction of the 2nd phase of Maiduguri surface water supply and the construction of water works “C” and “D” at Bulunkutu Allamdiri and Ngaranam, all in the state capital.