Jigawa Govt Loses N100m To Water Vandals
The Jigawa State Government says it loses about N100 million annually to the vandalisation of water facilities across the state.
Jigawa State Commissioner for Water Resources, Ibrahim Hannun Giwa, stated this during a press conference in Dutse, the state capital.
The commissioner lamented that the vandals have stolen no fewer than 20 inverters since the beginning of the year.
“Our problem this year is the inverter. This inverter costs more than N1 million for one just to give us power,” Giwa said.
“It took them time to find out how they were going to use it if they took it but this year, they have stolen more than 20 inverters.”
According to a UNICEF report, Jigawa State is rated number 1 in the provision of access to basic water in the north and second to Lagos in the country.
This is after the Federal Government as well as the state government spent billions of naira to provide access to water.
Due to the importance of accessibility of water facilities, the government has continued to collaborate with other development partners.
But the efforts are being crippled by the activities of vandals in the state as many solar schemes have become an easy target to the criminals.
Channels Television spoke with Mohammed Idris, a vulcanizer and a motorcycle mechanic whose job involves the regular usage of water in Dutse, the state capital.
According to him, lately, he has had to buy from vendors as the solar scheme which supplies water to the community has been vandalised by thieves.
“We never had problems with water supply in this area until recently. This is because some criminals stole the submersible pump,” he said.
“Since then, we have been buying water from vendors. Sometimes, water vendors are difficult to find.”
At the Gida Dubu area of Dutse, youths in the area have been forced to secure the water scheme as a result of the frequent vandalisation of some facilities
According to a vigilante, Abdullahi Ahmad, a lot of people are benefiting from the water scheme but residents sometimes wake up in the morning to discover that some items have been stolen.