By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
GOVERNOR Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has at the official inauguration of Bado-Kasarawa multi million naira National Water Supply Scheme said the provision of water utility remain cardinal as an overall development drive of his administration.
Tambuwal said water was a pivotal utility and aspect that supports human survival, hence his government will continue to give it top priority as it had been in the last six years.
” Efficient water supply is also a major and key requisite for general economic development. It guarantees not only human but industrial survival”, the governor stressed.
The project is under the 3rd National Urban Water Sector Reform Project(3rd NUWSRP)
However, the benefitting communities include : Bado housing Estate, Bado Hanya, Badon Eka, part of Badon Barade and Kasarawa village.
According to him, ” that is why we have been making deliberate efforts for the availability and adequate supply of potable water.
He however , explained that the commitment of his government to adequate and potable water supply was evident in its annual budgetary allocation adding ” it is demonstrated in the sufficient allocation of funds to the sector to ensure adequate supply of the utility to both rural and urban areas.
Tambuwal hitherto recalled the signing of a commitment pact with the Minister of Water Resources on collaboration for the implementation of the world bank assisted project aimed at improving access to and sustained water supply delivery, financial viability of existing water utilities among others key components aspects to improve infrastructural, revenue generation and capacity drive to further boost the state economy and availability of the utility.
” It is in line with our commitment that the Bao-Kasarawa water supply scheme
was recommended for rehabilitation to serve as pilot scheme which consist of drilling of 5 large diameter hybrid boreholes with dual advantage of solar and mechanical power source, 100, 000 capacity tank, high-lift pumping station with three new pumps , 20 metre pipe reticulation system as well renovation of dome existing buildings accordingly”, he explained.
While in appreciation of realising the project, Tambuwal commended the FMWR and World Bank for supporting and driving the initiative to the last as the governor also commended the state ministry for Water Resources for its untiring role at ensuring the completion of the project.
Earlier, Hon. Umar Nature, Commissioner for Water Resources said the project was tailored at improving and increasing access to potable drinking water to the people as well sustenable financial viability of existing utility and delivery service.
” It will also inspire the state to come up with water supply master and investment plan for the utility as well enable the creation of a reliable customer database, billing soft ware and improved revenue collection as well capacity building for sustenance of infrastructural development.