Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State on Monday placed a ban on the use of polythene and plastic bags in the state to ensure the environmental cleanliness of the state.
Ishaku announced the ban and the introduction of ‘Paper bags’ while declaring open the launch of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policy in the state.
The governor also declared a State of emergency in the water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector, saying he would soon send an executive bill to the state House of Assembly to regularised the ban.
Ishaku lauded the development partners, USAID and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA) for their intervention in boosting water supply in the state.
He charged the state water supply agency to ensure constant maintenance of water pipes for better service delivery.
According to him, the state government had keyed into the WASH project as part of efforts to ensure the provision of potable water to the people of the state.
“Because of the passion my administration placed on water supply, we have embarked on a N7 billion Jalingo primary water project to complement the AFDB water project in Jalingo and to cater for the growing population of the city.
“We are also making efforts to improve water supply across the state and our efforts are yielding results,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Emmanuel Gowon the Commissioner for Water Resources, commended Ishaku for the efforts in improving the water supply in the state.
Gowon pleaded the readiness of the ministry in delivering on the mandate of water supply to the state.