Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has promised the people of Zaria and its environs that his administration would try and complete the N69 billion Naira Zaria water project that would supply water to eight local government areas of the state by July, 2017.
The State Commissioner for Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Aliyu Lere, who gave the deadline while addressing journalists during the inspection tour of Zaria water project sites said the work is now at 90% completion.
Lere revealed that the Zaria gigantic water treatment plant would be completed in December while the entire project will be completed next year to end the decades of suffering by residents over non availability of potable water.
He noted that when completed the money spent on the Zaria and environs water project would be put at an estimated sum of N69 billion naira.
Lere while calling on residents to cooperate with the contractors for speedy work said: “we are expecting the whole project to be completed by July 2017, that is the aspect of the construction of the transmission lines and the distribution, but the construction of the water treatment plant will be completed in December and by that time there will be serious improvement in the supply of water even before 2017.
“By the time we are completing the project in 2017 we would have spent an estimated sum of 69 Billion Naira, that includes, the construction of the water treatment plant constructed by the state government and the Dam constructed by the Federal government and others already outlined”.
The water requirements currently for Zaria and environs is about 100 million litters a day and what we have on ground is 60 million liters now. 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 this new ones come on board we will have a total capacity of 210 million liters a day, which will have the potential of not only supplying to Zaria and Sabon Gari with potable water but additional communities within the 6 local government areas that surround Zaria and Sabon Gari”.
The commissioner added: “There are other areas that has to do with expansion and the rehabilitation of the old pipes that has already been laid tens of years ago. There is also the construction of the booster stations that will take water to Zaria and other envisaged local government areas that are to benefit from the project. There is also the water treatment plant that hopefully would be completed byend of this year. There are so many other projects you can see going on in Zaria, particularly the construction of transmission lines going round Zaria for about 500 KM . You can see that the whole of Zaria is turning into a construction site and we thank God,” Lere said.
On his part, the Project Manger Gamji Nigeria Limited, handling part of the project Dr. Henry Kiemeg complained about some Zaria residents who illegally built on right of way, saying the ongoing laying of water pipelines in some areas was a challenge.
Kiemeg who commended the present administration for its commitment to end water problem in Zaria and environs said: “the way the Kaduna state government under Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has supported us, it is on record that unlike what obtains before now, in the past where government will be pushing your left, right and center, rather we were given support. Real support to deliver and this is unprecedented, this is a great motivation because any contractor that has a smooth way to do your job without any kick back and front, perform better, thank the commissioner who works so hard, diligent and committed.