The Taraba Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Media Network on Wednesday urged the state government to expand the pipelines in Gembu town to accommodate the growing population due to the planned commencement of the Mambilla power project.
Chairman of the WASH media network, Alhaji Sadiq Adamu made the call at the quarterly review meeting of the network in Jalingo.
Adamu said the pipelines supplying potable water in Gembu at the moment were obsolete.
He said population growth had already overwhelmed the available water infrastructure in the area even before the full takeoff of the Mambilla power project.
Adamu also made a case for the expansion of water infrastructure in Wukari, Takum, Zing and Bali, among others.
The media partnership with the Taraba Water and Sewerage Corporation had begun to have a positive impact on the improvement of water sanitation and hygiene issues.
Adamu said, “Most of the pipelines in these towns have been there since the 1980s and have therefore become obsolete.
“There is an urgent need for not just replacement but also for the
expansion to meet up with the growing population in the towns.”