*Signs MoU With USAID
90 per cent of households in Taraba state would have access to clean water before the end of 2023, the state governor Darius Ishaku, has assured.
This is coming following a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed by the state with United State Agency for International Development, USAID, on Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services, E-WASH.
Taraba and five other states were selected for USAID/E-WASH programme and would benefit from a technical support fund of $60.4 million to increase access to portable clean water, sanitation and hygiene services through their state Water Boards in Urban areas for four years.
Ishaku had also in December 2019 signed the state’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH Bill into law, as part of an agreement with sponsors of the programme to make the state water board more efficient.
A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu, says the MoU signed by Taraba and USAID/E-WASH underscores the commitment of both parties to develop a professionally managed, commercially oriented and accountable state water board.
Ishaku was quoted as saying “this is a milestone and we believe Taraba has the potential to provide not only the best water service delivery in the country but in all Africa.”
Also speaking at the teleconference, USAID Mission Director, Stephen Haykin, affirmed that “the collaboration marked by this agreement will help Taraba chart a part towards a better performing water board and will raise the quality of services for the health of their customers.”