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Kano Govt Commits 4.3bn To End Water Scarcity

Kano State government has committed the sum of N4.3 billion as counter fund for the execution of sustainable water project, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, under Partnership for Expanded Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (PEWASH).

Speaking, while receiving a delegation of PEWASH, led by its team leader, Abdulhamid Adamu Gwaram, who was in Kano as part of inspection visit, yesterday, the state commissioner of Water Resources, Alhaji Usman Sule Riruwai, said the partnership came at a time when the need for adequate water supply in Kano had become imperative.

According to him, the Ganduje-led administration had approved the payment of the whole component of the project for the scheme to effectively take off in earnest.

He said that the sum of N1.3 billion had already been approved for release of the fund as a demonstration of the commitment of the state government in the quest for sustainable and all-encompassing water supply, most especially to rural areas.

He, however, stated that what is currently expected from the project execution partners was for them to ensure that the boreholes to be drilled should be up to the standard for quality assurance, adding that government would find it disappointing to see that the hand pumps drilled got spoiled within a short period of time.

Speaking earlier, the team leader of PEWASH team, Gwaram, said they were in Kano to conduct a thorough feasibility study on how the high profile project should be executed to the satisfaction of the beneficiaries.

He, however, attributed the failure recorded in seeing to the success of providing adequate drinking water to communities all over the country to sheer indifference on the part of relevant stakeholders who were expected to demonstrate high commitment in that direction.

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