The Katsina State Government has spent N18,798,640,116. 83 on the provision of potable water in urban areas across the state since the inception of Gov. Aminu Masari’s administration in 2015.
The Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Musa Funtua, made this known at the weekly media briefing in Katsina on Monday.
Funtua recalled the water supply situation in the state prior to the inception of the Masari-administration, saying that the water supply sector was then plagued with several challenges, hence the urgent need for its overhaul.
“On inception of the Masari-administration, only Dutsinma and Funtua Urban District Water Supply Schemes were functioning.
“The water supply sector in semi-urban and rural areas was largely neglected, and it hardly met the water needs of the people,” he said.
The commissioner said that the government then decided to rectify the situation and promptly awarded contracts for the resuscitation of the Urban and Semi-Urban Water Supply Scheme to meet the water needs of the people of the state.
“In addition to that, water supply operations and production commenced at the Zobe Regional Water Supply Scheme, which was handed over to the state by the Federal Government.
“The scheme, which covers the Katsina metropolis and Dutsinma, is designed to meet the residents’ water needs,” he said.