Gombe State Government says it is considering drastic measures to tackle what it describes as the deliberate refusal to pay water bills by most residents in the State capital and other environs.
The government also announced that a taskforce is underway to identify defaulters for necessary action.
According to the State Commissioner for Water Resources Mr Mijinyawa Yahaya, the taskforce when setup will work tackle what it describes as the deliberate refusal to pay water bills by most residents in the State.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the Wednesday’s meeting of the state executive council meeting, the commissioner revealed that the taskforce was necessary because there was nothing to show for the about N1 billion being spent on the operations and maintenance of the state water treatment plant supply to water to the state in terms of payments and revenue generation.
The commissioner disclosed that statistics indicates that revenue generation at Gombe State Water Corporation has always been between N1 million and N3 million which is over ten time below the amount being expended by the Government to pump and supply the water.
He said that the about N1 billion was for the operations and maintenance of the treatment plant and that the amount does not include the cost of power supply to the plant and payment of salaries to staff of the water cooperation as well as cost of other charges.