Gombe spends N600m on rural water projects

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[PHOTOGRAPHER'S CAPTION, DO NOT DISTRIBUTE] Children drink from a tap during recess inside a UNICEF supported primary school inside Bukasi Internally Displaced People's camp, in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria on February 28, 2017. Fighting between Boko Haram, a jihadist group, and the Nigerian military has displaced 2.3 million people from their homes since May, 2013. The group regularly kidnap and rape girls, including the well publicized capture of 276 school girls from Chibok in April, 2014. The countries president, Muhammadu Buhari, a former general, has claimed multiple times the war is over as fighting continues. In late 2016, the United Nations FEWS network declared a credible risk of famine in the region. (Photo by Ashley Gilbertson / VII Photo for UNICEF)
The  Gombe Ministry for Rural, Community  Development and Cooperatives says N600 million has been earmarked for water projects in the rural communities across the 11 Local Government Areas of the state.
Alhaji Usman Jahun  Commissioner, Ministry for Rural and Community Development, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Gombe.
According  to him, the fund  will be spent on earth dams, boreholes, overhead tanks, among other facilities aimed at providing potable water for the rural populace.
Jahun said that the ministry had  started to  identify communities in the state that were not connected to the national grid, and as soon as the proposed project was completed,  the communities would be connected.
The commissioner said that Gov. Inuwa Yahaya had passion for rural areas because 80 per cent of Gombe population were domiciled in the rural communities.
According to him, providing basic amenities in the rural communities will reduce the rate of migration from rural to urban centres.
The commissioner said that the state government had resolved to construct 100 km network of roads in each local government area of the state under an initiative tagged: ‘Network Eleven Hundred’.
He said the concept of the roads network was  to open up rural communities, boost economic activities and facilitate easy access to locations across the state. (NAN)

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