Nasarawa urges calm over lingering water scarcity
• Assembly approves petition of three councilors-elect
NASARAWA State Government has appealed to communities in Kokona and Keffi Local Government Areas of the state to remain calm, following the persistent scarcity of portable water in their areas.
The Acting General Manager of the Nasarawa State Water Board, Mr. Samuel Adigizi, who made the appeal in Keffi, said the government was worried over the water scarcity.
Addressing newsmen shortly after inspecting dilapidated pipelines along the Garaku-Keffi highway in Kokona, Adigizi attributed the development to a recent heavy down pour that washed away pipelines supplying water from the Akwanga Dam to the communities.
“The Nasarawa State Government under Governor Tanko Al-Makura is doing its best in providing portable water and other facilities to citizenry to better their standard of living. It is unfortunate that the heavy down pour which occurred recently washed away water pipelines thereby disconnecting pipelines from supplying water to communities.
“The heavy down pour has not only washed away pipelines supplying water but has also caused untold hardship to residents of these communities. Government is doing its best in ensuring provision of portable water to communities across the state in the interest of the health of the people and to boost the socio-economic development of the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nasarawa State House of Assembly has unanimously adopted the report of the committee that looked into the petition of three councillors-elect in Kokona Local Government Area.
The three All Progressives Congress (APC) councilors-elect had petitioned the House that they should be sworn-in as in as councillors.
They also requested that they should be accorded all their rights and benefits having won their election.
The Committee on Public Complaint and Petition, which looked into the petition, submitted its report to the House on Monday.
The Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, said the committee discovered that the petitioners won the election of March 22, 2014 in the area.
He added that they duly were issued Certificate of Returns by the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission.
“So, there is no further question as to who won the election,’’ Alkali said.
Speaker, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe, directed the Clerk to communicate the resolution of the House to the chairman of Kokona Local Government Council.