Water Supply: Governor Aliyu Awards N14bn Contract.

Water Supply: Governor Aliyu Awards N14bn Contract.

In a recent ministerial briefing, Hon. Yusuf Muhammad Macchido, Commissioner for the Ministry of Water Resources, outlined significant achievements under Dr. Ahmad Aliyu Sokoto, PhD, FCNA’s administration over the past year, focusing on improving water supply across Sokoto State.

The Commissioner highlighted the establishment of an emergency committee to address water supply challenges in the state upon the assumption of office by Dr. Ahmad Aliyu Sokoto. He also commended the government’s efforts in the timely provision of monthly imprest to the ministry, ensuring the smooth operation of water treatment facilities and the provision of safe drinking water for the populace.

Additionally, the government has been proactive in extending and improving water supply infrastructure across the state. Macchido reiterated the governor’s commitment to addressing water challenges within two years and cautioned against wastage due to the significant costs incurred in providing potable drinking water. Collaboration with the federal government to improve water supply and the commitment to making all 72 dams functional were also highlighted.

In a significant move to address water shortages in Sokoto metropolis, Governor Aliyu recently approved the completion of a 40 million gallons per day (MGD) water project at the cost of N14,138,289,057.55, with a completion period of six months. This project aims to drastically improve water availability in the metropolis.

Other achievements of the ministry include the installation and reconnection of pipelines for water supply, replacement of submersible pumps, and servicing of borehole generators. Challenges such as the high cost of diesel, lack of electricity, and vandalism of equipment by hoodlums were also acknowledged.

The ministerial briefing, jointly organized by the Ministry of Innovation and Digital Economy and the Ministry of Information and Orientation, aims to assess the efforts and performance of each ministry over the one year of Dr. Ahmad Aliyu’s tenure.

Muhammad Abubakar