Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Obsolete equipment, lack of manpower hampers rural projects in Benue

The General Manager Benue State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, BERWASSA, Engr. Ejembi Ella, has said that most rural projects under the agency are suffering setbacks due to obsolete equipment and lack of operational vehicles.
Engr. Ella, who stated this recentlywhile speaking with The Abuja Inquirer in his office in Makurdi, said his agency is also challenged by lack of staff as most of those working with him are on secondment.
"The problem is when they come, after four years, they go back after training them. So we have to go back to train another set and that is not easy due to the economic situation all over.”
The GM who also lamented inadequate office accommodation said that many of his staff are working under mango trees as well as in the open. 
"When I came on board, none of our machines here were functioning. The rigs, compressors among others were all bad. When four was rehabilitated recently, took them to site but they didn't stay long before they pack up".
He therefore called on state government to provide the agency with adequate resources to address these challenges so they can deliver timely and quality projects to the rural Benue populace.
Ella further enthused that despite these challenges, projects are still going to deliver social amenities to the rural dwellers.
According to him, BERWASSA in conjunction with development partners including UNICEF and DFID has drilled over 116 water facilities in some rural communities.

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