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  • Updated: April 24, 2024

Efforts underway to alleviate Kano's water shortage says commissioner

Efforts underway to alleviate Kano's water shortage says com

The Kano State Government has revealed its commitment to resolving the ongoing water scarcity in Kano city and surrounding areas.

Dr Ali Haruna Makoda, State Commissioner for Water Resources, revealed this in an interview with newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.

According to him, the state is working diligently to find solutions.

"We are working tirelessly to fix the prevailing water scarcity in the state capital and its environs, and the problem will soon be over,” he said.

Makoda attributed the challenge to "obsolete equipment" and the current high temperatures, which has led to increased water consumption.

He said the current high temperature being experienced in the area is also to blame for the water shortage as people consume higher volumes of water to cope with the weather.

He said that the State Government inherited the decay in the water sector from the previous administration which did not give the necessary attention to portable water supply.

“Only 20 percent of the state's water needs was supplied, in the previous administration which was grossly inadequate,” he said

However, Makoda said that the current administration has increased water supply to over 60%. 

He said that the government's monthly expenditure of N1.2 billion aims to improve water supply.

Makoda said, such expenses include the purchase of diesel at a cost of N400 million, as well as N387 million on the procurement of chemicals and settlement of electricity bills to the tune of N280 million on monthly basis.

He also revealed that the Government had entered into a collaborative agreement with the French Government to spend 63.4 million Euros for the Construction of the third Kano Water Treatment Plant.

"We are deeply committed to ensuring that there is enough drinking water in Kano, which is why the Government of Abba Kabir Yusuf is doing all it can, including committing enormous resources, to provide enough portable drinking water in and around the ancient city,"the commissioner added.




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