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Borno to raise water tariffs by 567% in 2022

Borno to raise water tariffs by 567% in 2022

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Borno to raise water tariffs by 567% in 2022

Story from Tada JUTHA, Maiduguri

The Ministry of Water Resources (MWAR) in Borno state is to review and increase water tariffs by 567% to overcome the challenges of water supply and distribution to residents of Maiduguri metropolis and Jere Council.

While announcing the tariffs Friday in Maiduguri; at a Stakeholders’ dialogue to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water, the Permanent Secretary, Hajiya Mairo Lawan disclosed that the new monthly water rate would be N2,000 for each household.

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She noted that there would be an increase of 567 per cent, as the Ministry is still collecting N300 monthly water rate for over two decades.

Yesterday’s water sector dialogue was organised by the Small Town Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (SWASH) programme.

She lamented that the current N300 water rate is grossly inadequate to overcome the challenges of providing potable water across the state.

“Upward review of water rate was inevitable to ensure sustainable supply and distribution of potable water to communities,” she said, as neighbouring states are currently charging households N2, 000 to N3, 000 tariffs for water.

According to WASH specialists, Dare Oduluyi, the programme is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with WaterAid and Mercy Corps in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

Other factors affecting water supply in the state include security challenges and the destruction of water facilities during the 12-year Boko Haram insurgency.

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Continuing, Mairo added: “Delays in approval for the review of WASH and lack of skilled staff also affected supply and distribution of potable water to communities.

“Today’s programme was included in the State’s 25-year Development Plan Framework and 10-year strategic transformation plan.

Oduluyi also added that STWASH is a five-year programme to be implemented with funding from the USAID, Mercy Corps and WaterAid.

Besides, he said: “The implementation of the water sector programme is to enhance access to WASH facilities, strengthen WASH governance and promote economic recovery and peace in the northeast”.

Borno to raise water tariffs by 567% in 2022

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