By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Federal Ministry Of Water Resources has drilled 14 solar-powered boreholes across nine Local Government Areas in Katsina State.
This according to the government is to address the water shortage and reduce the spread of COVID-19 among people in the benefiting communities.
The Northwest Zonal Coordinator of the project, Sanusi Mai-Afu during the training on operation and maintenance of the water supply facilities which were constructed under the National Wash Response to COVID-19 projects disclosed this, stressing the need for the benefiting communities to sustain the project and called on them to come together and contribute to the process of operation in order to maintain the facilities.
In the Northwest alone, the project covers Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, and Kaduna States, where 75 percent of diseases are water-related.
In March, this year, Katsina State Government said it’s laying a solid foundation to restore the entire water sector in the state.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The multi-billion naira water project is aimed at providing 70 percent of the Katsina population with good, healthy, and portable drinking water as well as for other domestic purposes. It is a welcome development and one that has come at the right time when people in the communities are severely facing water scarcity.