The Federal Government and Kano State Government today signed a N12.7 billion agreement for the purposes of improving water, sanitation and hygiene services delivery to the people in the state.

Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, explained that the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH), deal was a15-year programme aimed at mobilisation of stakeholders to increase access to potable water and sanitation.

Adamu pointed out that the programme, which was inaugurated by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in 2016, was a three-tier collaborative effort spanning 2016 to 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) six for providing adequate and qualitative access to water at an affordable price.

According to him, the PEWASH derived from government’s efforts to meet its SDG six commitment and these have been demonstrated with the development of a National Action Plan on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu
Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu

The minister explained: “On water supply, the planned scope of the PEWSAH Programme is the rehabilitation of 77,693 facilities and provision of 17,264 new facilities to increase access to rural water supply from 57 per cent to 62 per cent.

“On Sanitation, we are targeting a total of 20,600,000 household toilets from 2019 to 2025 to end open defecation”, he added.

Adamu explained further that the agreement signed with Kano State, after the same pact had been sealed with Ogun State demonstrated clearly that the states were taking the lead from the remaining 22 states which had expressed their interest in the projects with the signing of the PEWASH Protocols.

The minister advised the Kano State Government to prioritise water supply by committing adequate funds for the implementation of the programme in view of its potential to improve the lives and reduce diseases, especially among under-five children.

In his remarks, Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, explained that the N12.7 billion earmarked for the programme was proof of the state’s commitment to improve the lives of people in the state

Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje
Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje

The governor pointed out that with the implementation of the agreement, more lives would be improved in the state, particularly when most rural populace depend on hand pump and motorised boreholes to meet their water and sanitation needs.

Recalling that the state had budgeted N32 billion for provision of water supply in its 2018 budget, Ganduje said that the implementation of the agreement would increase the state’s average water production capacity from 150 million to 200 million litres daily.

According to him, to ensure a more efficient water management system and faster delivery at the grassroots, the state government passed a law for the establishment of a WASH department in all 44 local councils in the state.