By Abubakar Hassan

Mobile solar water purification

A Solar Mobile Water Treatment Machine

Niger State Government has procured two Solar Mobile Water Treatment Machine at the cost of N120 million each to arrest water related endemics in the state.

The state Commissioner for Water Resources and Dams Development, Hon. Mamman Musa disclosed this while receiving the machines on behalf of the state government, last Thursday.

He recalled that about two years ago the state was faced with challenges of outbreak which were water related, saying the machines where highly mobile which is useful in saving distress situation, hence the need for the procurement of the machines.

He said the responsibility of providing purified water for domestic use rest with the ministry and as such the machines will aid the ministry’s efforts to provide clean water to communities where the water from the water works could not reach.

Hon. Mamman Musa also called on sister ministries, particularly that of health to synergize with the ministry of water resources in order to intervene in distress situations relating to water outbreaks.

He also assured that the ministry will do everything possible to ensure that the machines were free from vandalization, adding that the Bosso community where one of the machines was test-run had pledged to safeguard the machine, and also appreciated the company for training some staff under the ministry on how to operate and maintain the machines.

Earlier in his remark, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Sadiq Abubakar disclosed that the effort was a journey that started about a year ago, adding that the state need equipment to respond to emergency situations that are related to provision of clean water.

He said the machines were highly desirable in the state, and that its mobility nature makes it highly useful and effective.

Also speaking, the Project Manager of the company that supplied the machines, Altex Engineering Services, Engr. Marcus Gideon said although the machines are new technology, but that they are easy to handle and that their parts are available in the market.

He also disclosed that they have trained some staff of the ministry on how to operate the machines, saying he hoped the state government through the ministry of water resources will make hundred percent use of the machines, else the aim of providing them will be defeated.

Engr. Marcus said the machines were solar mobile machines use for an emergency situation, such as places where there are floodings, outbreak of diseases such as cholera and similar water related diseases.