By Nick Dugba.
In spite of the fact that the Nairobi Water Project has lesser facilities and customer base compared to the Jalingo water project, they still make N2 Billion monthly which implies that the Jalingo project has better prospects if well managed well.
This was disclosed by the Taraba state commissioner for water resources, Barr. Emmanuel Gowon recently during a chat with newsmen at the Government House Jalingo.
While justifying the decision to send 67 professionals from various fields to the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Agency for a hands- on training, the commissioner stated that the decision was necessary in order to fill the manpower requirement of the agency.
“I want you people to understand that water is one good source of revenue. In Kenya, they make close to N2 Billion on water monthly and it’s not as if they have the size of our facilities. We have the facilities and the number of people that want to connect to water than Kenya. We hope that we should be able to make higher than that”, he boasted.
He then listed the benefits of sending those professionals on training to include: filling the manpower requirement and ensuring efficiency in the system.
“As it is, the manpower requirement of this board is about 500. For us, this is even the first phase because we want to convince our partners that we are really prepared to make progress with them and by the time we absorb those ones, there will be a need for further employment. And the good side of it is that this process is just like ensuring independence for the water agency where they would now generate funds and pay their workers. All we need from the workers now is the performance bond. That was why the governor said that we would get to a time where the water agency would develop a salary structure different from the civil service”, he added.
The commissioner assured that the present set of trainees would be engaged by the government instead of abandoning the program as “there is no point spending such a huge amount of money to train them there in this time of economic recession”.
As part of the water reforms under the Darius Ishaku administration, a set of 67 professionals from different fields were last week sent to Nairobi Kenya on a hands-on training under the greater Nairobi Water and Sewerage Agency.