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Plateau government gets $50m French grant

The Plateau Government has received a 50 million-dollar grant from the French Development Agency (AFD) to expand the water supply in the state.

Mrs Stella Buge, the Managing Director, of Plateau State Water Board, made this known while receiving a French delegation who were in the state to inspect water plants on Friday.

Buge said that with the fund, the corporation would extend more kilometres of water pipes to areas in the state that hitherto lacked water supply, thereby tackling the perennial challenges of water scarcity in the state.

“Today the AFD is here for a supervision mission of this project for the rehabilitation of infrastructure and extension of the distribution network.

“This project is to ensure the improvement of water quality and supply to the people of Plateau.

“The team of engineers have gone round and inspected the two water plants to be rehabilitated- the Yakubu Gowon Dam and the Lamingo Dam,” she said.

She added that the Yakubu Gowon Dam phase one and two which were constructed in 1981 and 2001 respectively, with a production capacity of 90 million gallons per day, would be rehabilitated and upgraded to increase the water supply in the metropolis.

According to her, the Lamingo Water Treatment plant which was commissioned in 1972 with a four million gallon capacity a day would also be upgraded.

The managing director commended the state government for the intervention in the water sector, particularly the plateau state urban water supply project, which was being supported by AFD.

The French engineers after the inspection said that the dams would undergo the replacement of low and high-lift pumps and motors, as well as chemical pumps and motors.

She said that the filter valves, phase two lamella package, and 2MVA phase two transformer would equally be replaced with the evacuation of sedimentation tanks.


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