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“We generate N3 million for N1 billion expended on water supply – Gombe gov’t

…Considers drastic measures to improve revenue generation

“We generate N3 million for N1 billion expended on water supply – Gombe gov’t

Gombe State Government says it is considering drastic measures to tackle what it describes as the deliberate refusal to pay water bills by most residents in the State capital and other environs.

The government also announced that a taskforce is underway to identify defaulters for necessary action. According to the State Commissioner for Water Resources Mr Mijinyawa Yahaya, the taskforce when setup would work to ensure timely payment of monthly water bills.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the Wednesday’s meeting of the state executive council meeting, the commissioner revealed that the taskforce was necessary because there was nothing to show for the about N1 billion being spent on the operations and maintenance of the state water treatment  plant supply to water to the state in terms of payments and revenue generation.

The commissioner disclosed that statistics indicates that revenue generation at Gombe State Water Corporation has always been between N1 million and N3 million which is over ten time below the amount being expended by the Government to pump and supply the water

He said that the about N1 billion was for the operations and maintenance of the treatment plant and that the amount does not include the cost of power supply to the plant and payment of salaries to staff of the water cooperation as well as cost of other charges.

“Like said before, we pay almost a billion naira for operations and maintenance, but when it comes to revenue generation from people that enjoy the services, it is extremely poor and the council is concern and worried that the situation must be addressed.

“If there are no changes in the near future they could be some drastic measures to ensure that the revenue is enhanced,” Mijinyawa said while adding that this was because with the economic crisis in place the state has no option other than to look inward and of course water agencies are one of the agencies that could generate revenue for the state.

“We generate N3 million for N1 billion expended on water supply – Gombe gov’t

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