Shekarau provide reprieve for constituency facing acute water shortage
Jubilation rent the air at several quarters in Kano metropolis, yesterday, as the community witnessed the inauguration of new solar-powered boreholes facilitated by the senator representing Kano Central Senatorial district, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau.
While the residents are couping with acute supply, the intervention, in no small measure, will relieve the excruciating pains and difficulties faced on daily basis in search of drinkable water.
The constituency projects are sited at three public hospitals, among the oldest healthcare facilities, serving densely populated communities in Kano metropolis, among other places in critical need of portable water.
The facilities sited at Sabo Bakinso General Hospital, Jakara, Municipal Council, Infectious Disease Hospital, France road, Fagge Council, Sheikh Judah Specialist Hospital and Yankura, Fagge Council. Others are situated at Kano Abattoir at Kano municipality and Yalwa community in Kumbtso Council, all under Kano Central Senatorial district were commissioned by the senator.
Inaugurating the over N190 million water projects, at Sabo Bakinso Hospital, Jakara quarters in Municipal Council, the former governor, expressed satisfaction that the water challenges confronting the hospital and the entire community will be largely relieved with the intervention.
Shekarau explained that the projects were attracted to finding the last solution to acute water supply and the deteriorating health burden of residents arising from the consumption of bad water.
He maintained that health facilities were prioritised in the initial constituency projects to curtail the possible spread of communicable diseases that could trigger in the communities in the absence of water supply.
“We have chosen to use this constituency funds to build several solar boreholes, mainly at hospitals to help curtailed the systematic spreading of infectious diseases which are mostly coming from contaminated waters.
“We have also considered and target mainly areas in the Municipal to construct the solar boreholes because of their densely populated nature, which approximately gives over two million residents opportunity to benefit from the project.
“We have considered hospitals and main Abattoir in Kano because these places can hardly survive without water. The inauguration of other segments will continue and we would not relent in making life better and comfortable for people in Kano central,” he said.
Chief Medical Director of Sabo Bakinso hospital, Dr. Hauwa Mohammad, applauded the intervention of the senator while seeking his support for the provision of a blood bank unit and reconstruction of drainage to rescue the facility from the incessant floods.
Shekarau noted that his administration constructed the biggest water plant that provided 190,000 litters of water supply from Challawa water treatment plant some 11 years ago.
He regretted that the same plant is still largely dependent upon even with low capacity to meet the growing population of the city.
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