Water Resources and Energy Commissioner in Plateau State, Hon. Engineer David Jaafaru Wuyep has said several kilometers of old water pipelines have been replaced and repaired within Jos and Bukuru metropolis in the state.
Engr. Wuyep stated this while briefing journalists on achievements of the ministry in his office in Jos on Monday.
He said, the ministry has resuscitated water treatment schemes in Shendam, Pankshin and Bokkos local government areas, adding that drilling of 340 hand pump boreholes was ongoing in Shendam and Riyom by European Union (EU) and UNICEF).
He maintained that, the ministry has drafted Plateau State Water policy developed Plateau State partnership (PPP) bill which has been approved by Exco and forwarded to Plateau State House of Assembly for enactment into law.
Egnr. Wuyep further explained that, other drafts included Plateau Water and Sewage Corporation bill, Plateau State Energy Corporation Bill developed, adding that, they have restored power supply to several communities after several years of darkness.
He said that, the ministry encourages the use renewable energy industries, adding that, the ministry has installed Green City Pilot Project (Solar) at the ministry, which he said, would be commissioned by Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong.
Speaking on the ministry’s blue print for 2017, he said its plans was to go into water infrastructure for agriculture (Wi-Fa) initiative via PPP, Mini-Grip renewable energy projects via PPP and CSR, expansion of Green City project to public buildings, factories and commercial buildings via CSR and PPP.
Other intended blue prints included renewable energy Hub in conjunction with Eilat-Eilot groups, Israel, rehabilitation of greater Jos Water Scheme in conjunction with French Develop Agency and Plateau Aqua restoration (PAR) initiative for small and mini-water treatment schemes in small towns and villages at ward levels in the state.
The commissioner affirmed that, 90 percent of the ministry’s challenges were financial issues and thanked Gov. Lalong and some international donors for their support to the ministry.
He commended the staff of the ministry for their hard work and support to him, adding that, with such hard work, the ministry would achieve a lot in all is intended plan projects in the state.