The Kaduna State government says it is set to break the jinx and complete the N69 billion Naira Zaria water project that will supply water to eight local government areas by July, 2017.
The State Commissioner for Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Aliyu Lere, who gave the deadline while addressing journalists in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria during the inspection tour of Zaria water project sites said the work is now at 90% completion.
Lere reiterated that the Zaria gigantic water treatment plant would be completed in December while the entire project would be ready next year to end the decades of suffering by residents over non availability of potable water.
‘‘When completed the money spent on the Zaria and environs water project would be put at an estimated sum of N69 billion naira,’’ he said.
Lere who called on residents to cooperate with the contractors for speedy work said: “the estimated sum of 69 Billion Naira would be spent on the water treatment plant constructed by the State government and the Dam constructed by the Federal government and others already outlined.”
He further said that the water requirements currently for Zaria and environs is about 100 million litres per day and that only about 60 million litres is presently available.
‘‘Even though, it is not operating at optimal capacity because of the dilapidated nature of the old water works and the challenges of power, but by the time these new ones come on board we will have a total capacity of 210 million litres a day, which will have the potential of not only supplying to Zaria and Sabon Gari with potable water but additional communities within the sxi local government areas that surround Zaria and Sabon Gari,” he explained.
The Project Manger Gamji Nigeria Limited, one of the companies handling part of the project, Dr. Henry Kiemeg complained about some Zaria residents who illegally built on the water ways, saying this has made the ongoing laying of water pipelines in some areas a challenge.