…state to reticulate water provision to residents
…as Assembly chief flays commissioner on lack of bills on water provision
The Special Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Security Matters has claimed that the state has overtaken the cities of Abuja, Lagos, Johannesburg in South Africa in the use of modern technology to curb crimes.
Mr Boma Sparo-Jack, made the assertion at the ongoing Bayelsa State Inter-Ministerial Agency briefing/Score Cards presentation, which continued on Monday, with presentations from the Ministry of water Resources and the office of the Government House security apparatus.
In his own presentation, the Commissioner of Water Resources, Hon. Tolbat Nengi Tubonah said his ministry is committed to the provision of safe drinking water to the residents of the state.
Mr. Sparo-Jack disclosed that, the use of technological advancement in curbing crime in the state, is the reason for its astronomical rise to its new position as the best in security technology in Africa.
On his own, Hon. Tubonah said, “the reticulation of water in the state, as was done with the use of trunk-lines, across the length and breadth of the state has not been sustainable due to scarcity of funds.
“Water is so important that it means everything to man and plants, it even resuscitates the dying to repossess their souls, and therefore the ministry is embarking on a mission of ”water, water, water everywhere”.
On a recent report that Bayelsa state Water cooperation was buying water from water vendors popularly known as “Marua”, the report was an action of a saboteur aimed at tarnishing the image of the state water corporation, Tubonah said.”
He explained that even a Doctor who is proficient in medication, can sometimes go to another Doctor when he has ailment that defies solution for treatment.
“Water have become an economic gold for all and sundry and in line with suggestions from UNICEF and World Bank in some of their conferences and seminars, that water should be commercialized, the restoration government have seen the need to do so.
“The delay for this commercialization was as a result of the passion from Governor Seriake Dickson to the people of the state, but now is the right time for the commercialization, especially now that we are gradually moving out of recession.
“We are still waiting for the Bayelsa State House of Assembly to pass bills concerning the commercialization of water in the state, to start supplying water to the people, instead of them patronizing this water vendors who are not even Bayelsans”, he added.
The Chairperson of water resources committee in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Kate Owoko in her own remarks said, the executive, judiciary and legislature can only function effectively when, there is a working synergy amongst them.
Hon. Owoko said, the commissioner of water resources have promised water, water, water everywhere but the assembly is yet to get bills to that effect from his ministry.
BY DANDAN DOMOTIMI, YENAGOA