By Zubairu Idris
Katsina (Precise Post)- Six local government areas in Katsina State will benefit from 222 water supply and sanitation projects to be provided under the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) project.
The project would be executed jointly by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Katsina State Government.
The project Supervisor, Mr Mamdam Nakyan made the disclosure on Tuesday in Katsina during the project’s inception meeting ahead of its take-off.
According to him, the PEWASH project would be implemented by the ministry in 10 selected states, including Katsina.
He said the ministry would rehabilitate 55 hand pumps, 11 solar motorised boreholes, and construct 18 new hand pumps and 27 solar powered boreholes in Bindawa, Danja and Funtua local government areas.Nakyan further said that the federal and Katsina State Governments would each provide 50 per cent of the funds for the project.
He explained that the project was aimed at improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in rural communities.He charged the contractors that would handle the project to abide by specifications, ensure quality work and timely completion.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to Gov. Aminu Masari on Rural and Semi-Urban Water Supply, Alhaji Abdu Habu-Dankum, said the target was to achieve 100 per cent coverage in improving water supply, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.
Habu-Dankum said that the state government would carryout its own part of the project in Daura, Dutsi and Mashi local governments.“Equally, 55 hand pumps and 11 solar motorised boreholes will be rehabilitated, while 18 new hand pumps and 27 solar powered boreholes will also be provided in the three local government areas,” he said.
He said that Katsina State was selected among the beneficiaries due to the commitment of Gov Masari’s administration in the WASH sector.
Also speaking, the Executive Director, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) Alhaji Aminu Dayyabu-Safana, said the agency had made adequate plans to ensure effective execution of the project.
He added that strategies had also been mapped out to engage the benefitting communities in the process of project implementation to ensure ownership and sustainability.