Water consumers in Benue State are indebted to the State Water Board to the tune of N1.5bn.
General Manager, State Water Board, Sherif Shenge, disclosed this to journalists in Makurdi on Tuesday.
According to him, most of the debtors, are political appointees and top government functionaries.
Shenge, who put the monthly water rate at N2,000, lamented that some of the political appointees and top government functionaries resisted payment.
He stated that the indebtedness spread up to 10 years, adding that of recent, the Jos Electricity Distribution Company had disconnected the power.
Shenge said, “We only rely on diesel and to supply water to Makurdi township, we need drums of diesel as well as chemical for water treatment.
“Unfortunately, the freezing of state accounts has stagnated us because government had given approval for payment of NEPA bill as well as procurement of chemicals but we have not been able to get the cash.”
Also lending his voice, the supervising Commissioner of Ministry of Water Resources, Ukaha Dzungwe, said that Jos Electricity Distribution Company disconnected the light to water works due to N40m debts.