The Katsina State Government has set aside the sum of N2.5 billion for the rehabilitation and upgrading of Ajiwa Water Treatment Plant to solve the perennial water scarcity faced in Katsina metropolis.
Gov. Aminu Masari gave the figure while inaugurating the Association of Retired Civil Servants of the state Water Board on Sunday in Katsina.
Masari said that the water treatment plant, which was constructed and commissioned in the 70’s, was neglected by the previous administrations despite serving the Katsina state capital and its environs.
He said that the plant would not be able to provide enough water for the citizens of the metropolitan area due to aged facilities that had been overstretched.
The governor revealed that the rehabilitation work at the plant would include replacement of outdated equipment as well as laying of new pipes to provide additional 40 million litres of water daily to the metropolis.
Masari said his administration was committed to the provision of potable water to the entire citizens of the state.
“We are determined to address water shortage faced by the state citizens, especially at the rural areas, to achieve the objective of the government.
“We have recently awarded a contract worth N500 million for rehabilitation of Malumfashi Water Treatment Plant as part of our effort to alleviate the suffering of the people of that area,” he said.
The governor said the government would look into some of the challenges faced by the state water board and make it independent without interference by the state ministry of water resources.
Masari said that the board had been reduced to a mere department under the state ministry of water resources and all its powers to execute its mandate had been pocketed by the ministry.
He charged the association to come up with suggestions on how to make the board move forward effectively.
Earlier, the chairman of the association, Alhaji Isah Matazu, said the association was formed to assist retired civil servants that worked with the state water board to solve some of their problems after retirement.
Matazu said that the association would also serve as consultants that would provide suggestions and recommendations on how to solve the perennial water supply in the state.