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FG, Kano sign N12.7bn agreement on water supply

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and the Minster of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu on Tuesday, signed a N12.7 billion partnership agreement with the federal government for expanded water supply, sanitation and hygiene (PEWASH).

The PEWASH is a 15-year programme that is divided into three phases. The Phase I, from 2016-2018, is the preparatory stage that is devoted to advocacy, mobilisation and take-off. The Phase II will span 2019 – 2025 for substantial infrastructural development while the Phase III will consolidate the programme.

Upon completion of the three phases, it is envisaged to achieve zero percent defecation and 100 percent access to water supply especially in the rural areas.

Minister of Water Resources said the ministry established the programme “to mobilize all stakeholders’ efforts and channel them towards the same goal, objectives and targets of providing sustainable water supply, sanitation and hygiene for the people, especially those living in the rural communities”.

In his remarks, Ganduje said that, “The intervention has come at the right time. The programme has actually dovetailed into our five year development plan”.

Similarly, the governor announced that President Buhari has approved a development facility of $200 million, with the Islamic Development Bank, for integrated water and agricultural development in Kano state.

He noted with delight that Kano has also keyed into the Third Urban Sector Reform Project which was signed between the Federal Government and the government of France, which entailed a credit facility of $75 million for the rehabilitation Challawa water treatment plants in the state as well as the Greater Kano water transmission and distribution system network.

The governor thanked the European Union, UNICIF and DFID for working closely with the government of Kano state, for many years, stating that the collaboration has resulted in tremendous improvement in access to water supply and sanitation in the state.

Ganduje explained that his administration budgeted N34 billion this year for the water sector even as it commits N500-600 million monthly to provide 120-200 million litres of water daily for urban and semi-urban consumers.

The federal government, he hinted, is supporting his administration on production cost recovery by metering the water consumers.

“In order to strengthen water delivery and services to the grassroots, we have established by law a WASH department in all the 44 local government areas of the state. Already, the departments have taken off with the necessary key staff”, he added.

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