By Ibrahim Mohammed
Deputy Governor Martins Babale of Adamawa State has said that Government would through the State Ministry of Water Resources encourage recycling of waste water in order to promote the provision of safe drinking water for human and animal consumption.
The Deputy Governor made the remark on the occasion marking the celebration of world water day recently held in the state. He expressed worry over the non-effective utilization of water by people in the state, however thanked former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for providing Adamawa State and beyond with a safe and hygienic water.
Earlier in their separate goodwill messages, the secretary to the Adamawa State government Dr. Umar Bindir, Honourable Abdurraham Abubakar Member representing Mubi South who represented the speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Mijinyawa as well as Honourable Abubakar Isa Member representing Shelleng Constituency who is also the Chairman House Committee on Water Resources, observed that Adamawa State is endowed with abundant water but it is still under utilize.
They however lauded the present administration for the provision of portable water in all the nooks and crannies in the state. They pledge to partner with the Executive arm in order to improve water supply in the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner of Water Resources, Mr. Julius Kadala, said the World Water Day is been celebrated worldwide annually to enable people learn and discuss about water related issues, adding that the day is marked by series of activities such as raising awareness as well as inspire actions.
Mr. Kadala expressed appreciation to the Government and the European Union (E.U) for their overwhelming support which made the occasion a success.
In another, development, Adamawa State Government has paid this year's West African Examination Council (WAEC) fees as part of it's efforts to motivate and promote hard work among secondary school students in the state.
The Commissioner of Education Dr. Kaletapwa Farauta George disclosed this while presenting the benefiting students to Acting Governor Engr. Martins Babale at the Government House, Yola within the week, she said, the benefiting students were carefully selected with at least two students from each Local Government Area in the state base on their performance.
She explained that the gesture is to create a healthy competition amongst the final year students of secondary schools in the state. However, she maintained that in view of the current economic recession in the country, Government can no longer afford to pay all WAEC/NECO fees to all the final year students in the state.
Also in a related development, students of Airforce Comprehensive Secondary School, Yola have emerged Second Best Students in the North-East sub-region during the recently concluded national quiz competition of Science and Technology.
The Commissioner of Higher Education, Alhaji Ahmed Rufai revealed this while presenting the winners to Deputy Governor Engr. Martin Babale who later handed over the trophy to the winners.
In his brief remark shortly after the presentation, Acting Governor Babale while congratulating the students thanked them for doing their school and indeed Adamawa State proud.
He called on them to sustained the tempo and urged students from other schools to emulate them.