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Nigeria: Kano to Tackle Water Supply Situation
Water works receive new generators
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2008-04-16 08:26 (KST)   
The Kano State deputy governor and commissioner of water resources, Abdullahi T. Gwarzo, has said the problem of water scarcity is a global phenomenon but assured the people that his government would bring an end to the water shortage in the state.

During a press conference at his Government House office on Tuesday, Gwarzo said, "The situation of most of the regional water works of the state when I took over as commissioner for water resources was pathetic. A number of them were in a dispiriting state."

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He also said, "Immediately, an inspection tour of all the water works was embarked upon with a view to ascertain the problems bedeviling the operational capacity schemes. It was discovered that all the water works have been operating below capacity. Some were even grounded due to either dilapidated machines or lack of generating sets, which is the only source of power to the engines."

While commenting on measures taken to address the problems, he said, "The ministry confronted the issue with an iron fist. All 13 regional water works have been provided with brand new generators to complement the existing ones at the cost of 136 million naira [US$1,157,840.97]."

Gwarzo said the present situation of the water supply in Kano state has reached an advanced stage, as a Management Committee has been inaugurated for all of the regional water works, which have started functioning.

Gwarzo also stated that there were 16 future plans to boost the water supply in Kano state, both in rural and metropolitan areas.

Finally, Gwarzo said the government was seriously concerned with the improvement of the water situation in the state.

Kano state, as the most populous state in Nigeria, has been witnessing a serious shortage of water recently, which has caused considerable anxiety and frustration to its citizens.
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