About 589,500 people have gained access to safe drinking water from the construction and rehabilitation of 1179 water facilities across 11 local governments in Katsina state under a programme jointly funded by the state and Unicef’s Sanitation, Hygiene and water in Nigeria project SHAWN.
The Unicef Field officer in the state Padmavathi Yedla who disclosed this during the presentation of 8 new operational vehicles to new participating councils said work are ongoing on 320 more water sources including 20 motorised borehoholes.
According to her, the release of 380 million naira counter part funds by the state government had boosted the program, noting that 460 hand pump boreholes and 20 motorised boreholes had been deployed this year alone.
She said , 130 schools and 25 health centers will soon gain access to improved water and sanitation by the end of this year saying that the aim of the scheme is to reduce water related diseases and improve health outcomes through accelerated and sustaining progress in safe and healthy practices.
In his remarks, the state governor Aminu Masari said his administration is committed to ensuring it key into developmental projects of partners to move the state forward.
He charged them to look into the possibility of boosting the capacity of teachers in the state which he said has contributed immensely towards its educational backward ness.
(Culled from Dailytrust)