The Enugu State Commissioner for Water Resources, Charles Egungbe has said the shortfall in water supply to cities was a concern to the government.

The commissioner made this known at the 2017 budget breakdown in Enugu, and said the government would redouble efforts to improve the volume of water supplied to the affected areas.

He said the budgetary allocation of N800 million to Water Corporation might not be sufficient, compared to the quantum of assignments they provided, but the government had shown the will to solve the problem.

He also said prior to the advent of the present administration, the corporation could only supply 15 cubic metres of water to Enugu urban.

He said the government was negotiating with the French Development Agency to intervene in the supply of water to residents.

The commissioners said the government was making efforts to defray over 71 months pension arrears owed retired workers of agencies under the ministry.

He attributed the debt to lack of foresight and prudence on the part of management of the affected agencies.

The commissioner said the government was worried that pensions and gratuities were owed and was dialoguing with the affected retirees.