By Francis Ogwo
About N900 million has been spent by the Federal Government and its Kebbi State counterpart in collaboration with the World Bank towards boosting water supply and sanitation system in the state.
The General Manager State Water Board, Engineer Zaiyanu Shehu made this known while addressing newsmen, yesterday, in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital in which he noted that the project was aimed at providing portable water to the people to ensure safety of lives.
According to Shehu, while assessing the activities of his Board, said that the government was committed to supplying portable water across the three senatorial zones and urged people not to waste it.
He was of the view that the acute shortage of water supply being experienced for some time now, especially in the Birnin Kebbi metropolis, was as a result of rehabilitation works currently being undertaken on the two water works, which have reached completion stages.
According to him, the Federal Government under its National 3rd Urban Sector Reform Project and World Bank are the two major financiers of the project while the Kebbi State government is providing counterpart funding.
Engineer Zaiyanu further said that the initial project would cover seven of the board outlets across the state, adding that the work on the Dukku and the old waterworks have reached advanced stages.