Enugu Govt. urges tanker drivers to comply with directives, rolls out colour coat to differentiate water supply

Enugu State Government has cautioned those vandalizing Government ‘s water facilities to desist from the act of sabotaging its efforts in creating access to portable water in the state. The state Government also vowed  to prosecute any water tanker driver found engaging in illegal activities , including supplying industrial water as drinking water to consumers.

The state Governor Dr. P.eter Mbah’ who gave the directive on Wednesday, March 20, through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Chidiebere Onyia,  in a meeting  with the leadership of water tanker drivers Union Enugu ,  at the Government House.

Onyia noted that in spite of Gov. Peter Mbah’s effort to make water available to Enugu people, some few elements suspected to be water tanker drivers were sabotaging it by destroying the water assets.

Pix-SSG Prof Onyia

He said their illegal activities constituted economic sabotage given the huge amount the government had invested in the water project.

Onyia also informed them that Enugu State Water Sector Law which was passed in September 2023 gave them timeline to colour coat their tankers to reflect who was carrying drinking water and industrial water.

He said the sky blue colour is for drinking water tankers with inscription boldly written it on it “Drinking Water Supply” while the industrial water tanker driver will colour theirs with yellow and Industrial Water Supply boldly written on it ” respectfully.”

The SSG  expressed dismay that some tanker drivers bring water from anywhere and sell to people saying that Mbah would not condone that anymore.

“There is going to be an enforcement team that will be coming out the State ministry of water resources that will randomly stop tankers after colour coated the tankers in line with the law to check the quality of the water.

“Since they are not aware of the law, they should liaise with the Commission for Water Resource, Dr Felix Nnamani, to train them on.

Prof Onyia  explained that what the state government was doing was not to put tanker drivers out of business but to expand the scope where there would be other opportunities for tanker drivers.

“But it has come to our attention that few people pointing to be your members but were involved in the act of sabotaging our water infrastructure.

“We have found in some places where they mix concrete and poured into our pipelines, broke some of them while some water collection points were loosened and taken away.

“So governor asked me to inform you people that in an event that any of your member is involved in it and when we catch the person, we will confiscate his tanker and prosecute him to the full length of law,” Onyia said.

He stressed that the meeting was to enable them communicate their resolutions to their members.

“We are intentional because of short term benefit destroying those infrastructure and I am sure none of you here will condone or accept that. So we can work together and make water business viable.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *