Even as the state is believed to have spent over 5 billion Naira during the past administration in the area of portable water provision with the construction of the Greater Makurdi Water Works and Water plants in the three geopolitical zones of the state, the Country Director for Water Aid, Mr. Michael Ojo has revealed that only 45 percent of the state still has access to portable water, with just 3 percent of this figure has access to government provided portable water.
The Country Director who made this declaration during an interactive session between the State Goverment and Development
Partners organised by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Development Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals and NEPAD, also informed that the state’s score card was poor as regards water provision and sanitation.
Also speaking during the session the Country Representative of Department For International Development ( DFID ), Mr. Udeh Emmanuel who commended the state governor’s efforts at revitalising Primary Health Care, lamented the dearth in human resources for the health sector further encouraged the state to encourage recruitment of more health care or action erstwhile.
He also announced that seven local governments including, Tarka, Gwer, Logo, Konshisha, Buruku, Ushongo and Katsina-Ala Local Governments have been prioritised for special attention by the agency in the eradication of HIV due to its pandemic nature in the state.
Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser, Dr . Mrs. Magdalyne Dura, thanked the partners for honouring the state’s invitation to the interactive session as it is aimed at strengthening the relationship between the state and Development Partners who have been of enormous assistance to the state.
On his part the state Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, promised his continued support for development works in the state while pledging the state’s continued resolve to live up to its counterpart responsibility.