Somaliland:Government Launches National Water Supply campaign
By Goth Mohamed Goth
Hon. Mohamed Dahir Cukuse, the Minister of Information and National Guidance and Hon. Osman Abdullah Sarhadid, the State Minister for Finance in Burao town, have revealed plans by the current government to supply water to residents in in drought hit areas.
Hon. Mohamed Dahir Cukuse speaking to residents of Burao town said, “H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud “Silanyo” has today launched a national water supply campaign and ordered the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Water Resources to coordinated efforts supply of water during the dry spell.
The government will use water bowsers to supply precious commodity citizens, he further promised to see to it that repairs are undertaken to the water pumps as well as avail regular fuel for the pumps.
“The over the last 3 year’s drought in Togdheer region has not only depleted the livestock, weakened residents but has also dried water sources, said the Minister of Information.
Hon Osman Abdullah Sarhadid, the State Minister for Finance , “While some parts of the country received good rains, they were patchy in others, and there are zones where it did not rain at all. The areas most affected by the poor GU rains are the coastal stretches of Awdal, Selal, Sahil and Sanaag regions where rains missed for three consecutive years.
According to the ministers, apart from the ongoing drought ,water scarcity has become another burden that is continuously exacerbating drought effects. The villagers informed the Ministers that availability of water is mostly through private water bowsers that charge an exorbitant fee.
Mustafa Abdi Essa “Chine” the governor of Gebiley region flagged off 100 water bowsers after launching similar efforts to supply water to citizens living in drought hit areas.
The regional administrator revealed that water scarcity is not solely as a result of the 3 years absence of rain, attributed the scarcity in some areas with boreholes to breakdowns in water pumps or lack of fuel.
Hon Chine also promised to see to it that repairs are undertaken to the water pumps as well as avail regular fuel for the pumps.