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Why Katsina Allocates N10bn For Water, Sanitation Projects – SURWASH Coordinator

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Katsina State Government allocated the sum of N10bn for enhancement of provision of additional water, improve sanitation among the residents and hygiene acts to achieve significant improvement in the three key areas, investigations has revealed.

The trio, focused on by the state government, is to be carried out through the Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (SURWASH) initiative. The World Bank backed this project.

The programme coordinator in the state, Mr. Aminu Dayyabu, in an interview with news men recently, shared the project’s objective to provide clean, affordable and sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities to 80% of the population in both urban and rural areas of the state.

According to him, Katsina State has adopted proactive measures to meet this target by 2027, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

He highlighted SURWASH’s role in coordinating the project’s implementation by offering technical support to various implementing agencies, including the State Water Board, Rural Water Supply and Snitation Agency (RUWASSA), Small Town Water, Hygiene and Sanitation gency, and State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Dayyabu noted that in the state, the project is being implemented in Bature, Batagarawa, Daura, Charanchi, Funtua, Kafur, Kankara, and other Local Government Areas.

He said urban cities, small towns, and rural areas within the local government areas across the state would benefit from affordable, and sustainable water, hygiene, and sanitation facilities by the end of the intervention.

He also mentioned the positive strides made by the implementing agencies and the expected verification process this month, which would trigger disbursements to the state government.

He equally noted that the State Governor, Dikko Radda, has directed the rehabilitation of 34 small town water supply schemes, emphasizing a focus on restoring access and ensuring sustainability through the use of solar energy.

 

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