The Kaduna State Government has launched a 150 million litres per day Zaria water treatment plant costing over N24bn (twenty four billion naira).
The water plant was launched by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun in Zaria, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.
The historic Zaria water works which was built in 1939 with an installed capacity of 10 million litres per day failed to produce the required water supply largely due to persistent power outages and ageing of some equipment.
It is against this backdrop that in 2008, the former Vice President, who was then Governor of the State, Architect Namadi Sambo initiated the treatment plant with an initial cost of over fifteen billion dollars but the project was not executed.
But with the collaborative arrangement between the Federal Government, Islamic Development Bank, African Development bank and Kaduna State government, Governor El-Rufai’s administration commissioned the 150 million litres per day Zaria water project to solve the acute water supply problem in Zaria city and its environs.
Governor El-Rufai explained that after series of appraisal of the project by African Development Bank and of negotiations with the State government, the Board of Directors of the Bank in February, 2012 approved the sum of One hundred and one million dollars credit facility towards financing of rehabilitation and extension of distribution network of the project.
According to him “the Federal government is funding the construction of 186.1 million cubic metres, multipurpose Galma Dam in Kuzuntu to supply raw water directly to the Zaria water project and other irrigation activities”.
” While Kaduna State is to fund the construction of the new water plant, transmission mains and service reservoirs, rehabilitation and extension of distribution network as well as the network extension to other LGAs with hundred percent of its revenue,” he stressed.
In his address, the former Vice President, Architect Namadi congratulated Governor El-Rufai on the completion of the monumental water project that was abandoned by his successor, saying El-Rufai has made a huge achievement in completing it in just two years.
” You have proven to be a physical governor who has not neglected projects initiated by former governors, he added that the governor has done well in the education sector, completed abandoned road project and is about to commission the 300 bedded hospital at the millennium city.
The present 150 million litres per day water project has a sufficient capacity to meet the water demand of an estimated population of about two million people and is expected to cover about seven LGAs.
The LGAs include Zaria, Sabon Gari, Giwa, Kudan, Makarfi, Soba and Kubau respectively.