27 February 2013

Nigeria: Jigawa Govt. Spends N312 Million On Rural Water Project

The Jigawa Government on Wednesday said it had expended more than N312 million on the provision of bore holes and rural water services in the last one year.

The Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Hanafi Yakubu, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse.

Yakubu said that about 50 solar motorised bore holes were provided in the communities under the project.

He listed other projects to include installation of power generators, construction of overhead tanks, rehabilitation of structures and upgrading of reticulation system at various small town water schemes.

"Water treatment chemicals were also provided for the surface water treatment plants in Birnin-Kudu and Kazaure.

"We also provided diesel to small water schemes in the state. This is part of measures adopted to enhance access to safe drinking water in rural communities."

Yakubu explained that the projects were executed under the 2012 capital budget for the ministry, adding that all the projects were completed.

The commissioner added that the state government had set up local committees to promote community participation in the management of water services and enhance maintenance of water facilities at the grass root. (NAN)

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