Os­in­bajo Com­mis­sions N24bn Zaria Wa­ter Plant

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By An­drew Agbese, Kaduna

The 150 mil­lion liter per day Zaria wa­ter treat­ment plant has been com­mis­sioned more than 40 years after ex­pan­sion work on it was ini­ti­ated. The Zaria wa­ter works was in­stalled in 1939, with an ini­tial ca­pac­ity of 10 mil­lion litres, but was up­graded in 1975 to 50 mil­lion litres due to lack of ca­pac­ity to meet the de­mand of the peo­ple which was at about 140 mil­lion liters per day.

Act­ing pres­i­dent, Yemi Os­in­bajo, who was rep­re­sented by the na­tional chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), John Oye­gun, at the com­mis­sion­ing said the com­ple­tion of the plant by the Gov­er­nor Nasir El-Ru­fai ad­min­is­tra­tion sig­ni­fies the se­ri­ous­ness of the APC ad­min­is­tra­tion to ful­fill its prom­ises to the peo­ple.

The plant would serve seven lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in Kaduna State, in­clud­ing Zaria.

Os­in­bajo said the com­ple­tion of the project was an in­di­ca­tion that the APC means busi­ness as past PDP ad­min­is­tra­tions in the state failed to com­plete it within the 16 years they were in of­fice.

For­mer vice pres­i­dent, Na­madi Sambo, who was at the oc­ca­sion, com­mended the gov­er­nor for com­plet­ing the project.

Sambo said he was not sur­prised be­cause the gov­er­nor is a goal get­ter, adding, “once he sets him­self on some­thing he fin­ishes it”.

“I will like to re­call at this junc­ture that for five years after I left of­fice, no sig­nif­i­cant project on this plant was achieved. I am not sur­prised be­cause in only two years of your ten­ure, we are here to com­mis­sion this project. I also want to shower en­comium on you for the con­ti­nu­ity of some of the other legacy projects in the state. You have worked tire­lessly to en­sure that you com­plete the mil­len­nium 300 bed hospi­tal in Kaduna. The science sec­ondary schools, when I left they were four but now they are six”, he said.

Gov­er­nor El-Ru­fai in his re­marks re­called that he promised the peo­ple of Zaria and en­vi­rons to com­plete the wa­ter project when he was cam­paign­ing to be gov­er­nor.

He said “this is be­cause the project is very im­por­tant to the peo­ple of Zaria and the other six lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas that would ben­e­fit from it in terms of wa­ter sup­ply”.

The Emir of Zaria, Alh Shehu Idris, said the com­ple­tion of the Zaria wa­ter project by the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Nasir el-Ru­fai, was a dream come true.

The foun­da­tion of the Zaria wa­ter project was laid by the for­mer gov­er­nor of the state, Na­madi Sambo, in 2008 at the cost of N15 bil­lion and was later re­viewed to N24 bil­lion.

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