The Kano state government in northern Nigeria has commenced the construction of 462 hand pump boreholes across rural areas of the state.
Kano state governor Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje at the flagged off ceremony in Tsauni, Tsanyawa Local Government area of the state, said that the move was part of strategies of his government for efficient water resources management.
He said that part of the sustainable grassroots water programme includes the repairs of 500 malfunctioning ones.
“We understand that we have problem in the area of water supply for our villages and hard-to-reach communities. That is why we are spending money to facilitate the provision of water for our people in view of its importance to health, sanitation and general well being,” the governor stated.
Ganduje explained that a detailed statistics of existing boreholes was taken and 2, 600 of such facilities were found to have broken down across the state, assuring that they will be renovated in phases in view of their importance.
Ganduje noted that “Efforts were in progress to renovate and up-grade some regional water supply schemes in the state to ease the sufferings of the people and to prevent them from drinking unhygienic stream water.”
The governor revealed that his administration had planned to renovate and reconstruct some rural roads to enable peasant farmers take their produce to markets and to open up more communities for sustainable economic endeavours.
According to him, Tsanyawa local government’s main clinic will e renovated and equipped for better service delivery.
The state Commissioner for Water Resources, Usman Sule Riruwai said that the government was spending N345 million to construct the new boreholes, stressing that the Ministry is committed to ensuring sustainable waters supply in the state.
The member representing Tsanyawa constituency in the House of Representatives, Sani Bala urged the state government to construct more feeder roads in the domain.
During a stopover at Danbazauwu in Bichi local government, the governor assured the people that three bore holes would be constructed in the town, pending arrangement to supply them with tap water from Bagwai Water treatment plant.