Over 4,000 residents of the Makurdi metropolis in Benue State are seeking the state government’s help to help solve the crisis of potable water that has been ravaging it for years.
According to some residents, the last time they had access to potable water was 10 years ago. However, that will soon change as the state government announced that it recently secured a $2.5 million World Bank grant to tackle the issue.
Over the period of eight years between 2007 and 2015, ex-governor, Gabriel Suswam’s administration said it expended over N5bn to address the problem but yet they were unable to deliver water to many homes.
Meanwhile, residents complained that their only source of water—the river continues to be contaminated by the indiscriminate discharge of animal waste by the butchers at the Wurukum abattoir.
The Benue State Water Board however, couldn’t confirm the allegations but added that it had always ensured strict compliance to water treatment due to contamination issues.
The water board authority promised the residents that all the challenges would soon be a thing of the past.
To help meet the water needs, the administration of Governor Samuel Ortom has taken steps in the replacement of some of the rusted and busted pipes laid in 1978.