The Federal Government, on Thursday, announced that it awarded 163 contracts at total sum of over N2.6 billion for the execution of water supply projects across the country over the last three years of the present administration.
Suleiman Adamu, the Minister of Water Resources, who stated this in Abuja at the 25th edition of the National Council of Water Resources, said the Federal Government had provided 195 solar-powered boreholes with 113 hand pump boreholes to various communities in the country in a bid to address the problem of rural water supply.
Adamu said as a result of the huge investments in the water sector within the timeframe, 820 people were provided with direct and indirect jobs.
On sanitation, he said contracts for construction of 18 sanitation facilities at a sum of over N215 million were awarded and completed in the three states of the North East, which included Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
He noted that nine water projects, with a combined capacity of N63, 650,000 litres per day serving a population of about 1,475,000 people, have been completed.
The projects, according to him, are located in Central Ogbia, Northern Ishan, Ojirami Dam, Takum, VOM, Mangu, Ekeremor, Sabre, Dutsi, Mashi and Pategi.
He noted that six water project were ongoing and were scheduled to be completed in 2018, while the remaining three projects were to be completed in 2019.
The minister further announced that Kashimbilla multipurpose dam project with a height of 35metres and reservoir capacity of over 500 cubic metres has been completed and is waiting commissioning.
According to him, “The Kashimbilla multipurpose dam project has a 60,000 cubic metres capacity with water treatment plant to supply potable water to Takum and Jato-Aka towns and their adjoining communities, irrigate 2000 hectares of land, generate 40 megawatts of electricity as well as for fishery and tourism purposes to its primary flood control due to releases from Lagdo Dam in Cameroun.”