As part of the ongoing search for the source of water that would sufficiently reach all the nooks and crannies of Jalingo metropolis and it environs, additional reservoirs will be constructed by the Taraba State Government to complement the existing ones.
This was revealed by the Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku during an assessment tour of Mount Jalingo where the state Government is to construct additional reservoirs through SCC, the company handling the Jalingo Primary Water Supply Scheme.
Governor Darius Ishaku said water is a priority for his administration and he is determined to ensure that Jalingo the state capital enjoys steady, pure drinking water at all times, hence the need to assess areas that would be used in making the project a reality.
The Governor stressed that the reservoirs that would be constructed are meant to store more water and to compliment other reservoirs that were constructed by the African Development Bank, (AfDB).
Darius Ishaku maintained that mount Jalingo is strategically located in a vintage part of the state capital with desired height that would be suitable for the construction of additional reservoirs that would facilitate speedy distribution of water.
He disclosed that the new reservoirs that would be constructed by SCC company on top of Mount Jalingo will be artistically designed to serve dual purposes, water and tourist center, adding that, apart from beautifying the town, a restaurant will be built also on top of the mountain which will be used to host visitors whenever they are in the state.
The Governor further said apart from the restaurant, a mini market will be constructed at the foot of Mount Jalingo which would be used to sell locally made crafts as well as the display of locally made fabrics that are worn by different ethnic groups in the state aimed at creating jobs and generating revenue for the state.
Governor Darius Ishaku also mentioned that when the project is completed, efforts would be made to sensitise the populace on the importance of paying water rates.
He stressed that with proper sensitisation, it will be easier to key into it, thereby giving the government the desire to do more for the people.
Corroborating on the Governor’s position, the General Manager of Taraba Water Supply Agency, Engineer Buba Siam, explained that though several boreholes have been sunk in Jalingo during the dry seasons, most of the boreholes rarely meet the water needs of the metropolis.
He announced that at the moment the AfDB in partnership with the Taraba state Government has been working hard to provide water to the state capital with the construction and laying off of over 60 kilometres of water pipelines.
Buba Siam explained that the population of the state is increasing steadily and it has become imperative to scout for additional water sources that will meet the water needs of the increasing population being occasioned by the influx of people because of the peace that is enjoyed in the state capital.
He also said that the 150 kilometres of pipes that are expected to be laid by SCC will increase water supply in the state.