From VICTOR GAI, Jalingo
The Taraba State Water Supply Agency had on Monday began the enumeration of over 66,000 households across five local government areas in the state to build the agency’s customer data base for effective service delivery.
General Manager of the agency Engr. Musa Siam, while addressing journalists in Jalingo on Monday, stated that over 90 enumerators have been deployed for the first phase of the exercise which covers Jalingo, Wukari, Ibi, Takum and Gembu towns.
Siam said the exercise was aimed at identifying, re-validating and updating the present utility customer database of the agency for effective water supply service delivery and for future planning.
He said that as a self sustaining agency that would soon start surviving on the revenue it generates, a strong database of existing and prospective customers was very important for effective operations.
The Agency’s boss said due to security concerns, enumerators were drawn from the communities to avoid possible apprehension and fear of intrusion that could possibly put the lives of the people at risk.
He called on the people to cooperate with the enumerators and provide necessary information as such data which would be obtained from the field will help the agency to serve the people better and to address other critical issues of sanitation and hygiene in the state.
The exercise which is with support from the USAID Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services (E-WASH) program will last for about six weeks.