Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has urged the local council chairmen in Yobe State to ensure that local communities have access to potable water before the end of first quarter of next year.
The governor gave the directive yesterday in Damaturu, while inspecting 170 units of 39KVA generators procured under the State-Local Government Joint Account to overcome shortage of water supply in council areas.
Gaidam said “provision and distribution of clean water to every village unit in the state is a topmost priority of this administration,” pledging that by the second half of next year, every village in the state should have access to potable water for domestic and industrial uses.
He also disclosed that the ongoing verification of workers at the local government level was not designed to sack workers, but to ‘clean up the payroll’ and thereby free up funds for more development projects.
He said the verification exercise is helping to expose misdeeds at the local government level where people who are not genuine workers get salaries every month.
The governor said attention was also being focused on workers who have reached the retirement age and those who have put up the maximum 35 years in service but have not retired.
According to him, these categories of workers need to retire so that more young unemployed graduates will be employed by the state government.