The Federal Government on Monday disclosed plans to facilitate the completion of the Zobe Regional Water Supply Project in Katsina State with the sum of N12.5billion.
The state government is also required to contribute to its completion with a total of N3billion.
Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu made the disclosure in Katsina while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Government for the completion of the project which was abandoned many years ago.
The Zobe Water Supply Project was first awarded in 1992 and abandoned by previous governments.
He explained that the project when completed, would serve Katsina, Dutsin-ma, Kankia, Kurfi, Kafin-Soli, Karofi and environs.
“The parties have also agreed that the Katsina State Government shall take over the execution and funding of Phase 1b works of the project, which would involve essentially the distribution from Dutsinma hill tank to Karofi, Kafin Soli, Radda, Kankia and Charanchi”, he added.
Adamu reiterated FG’s commitment to addressing urban water supply challenges by collaborating with the states saying; “Due to the huge capital required for the development of water infrastructure, the Federal Government is ready to synergize with states in order to improve the current state of water supply in the country”.
On his part, the Katsina State Government represented by the Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu said that the state has demonstrated a strong political will by signing the MoU with the Federal Government.
He said that the present administration of Aminu Bello Masari placed a lot of priority on water projects.
He commended the FG’s intervention on water projects in the state adding that the state would pay its N3billion counterpart funds in the agreement.
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