USAID spends $4m on water reform in Bauchi

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BAUCHI – The .. Agency for International Development (USAID) has spent four dollars (N640 ) in the past three years in its effort at ensuring the availability potable water in Bauchi State, says Mr Hossana Dajan, the , USAID Contractors in Nigeria. Dajan told the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on that the amount was spent on the reform the water sector in the state.

He refuted speculations in some quarters that USAID, under its Water and for Africa (SUWANSA) programme, had concluded plans to acquire through lease, Bauchi State Water Corporation. He explained that USAID was in the state to assist the corporation its capacity, both in terms infrastructure and .[eap_ad_2] He further explained that in 2007, the administration was careful in taking decisions on options of either to privatize the corporation or the capacity of its current to enable to optimal service.

The said that the government opted for the latter option which involved minor institutional, policy and regulatory reforms, as well as the provision of infrastructure.

Commenting on the alleged increase in water tariff, he said that services provided be matched ‘cost.

“When you are providing services, you have to match your service to your cost. Significantly, what we are promoting is that there has to be sufficiency in the service and reduction in water wastages.
“The major concern now is not tariff; eventually, we will find an appropriate tariff that is friendly, that is affordable, and that can create efficiency in the system,” Dajan said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]