The Kano State Government has unveiled a five-year water development plan that would cost over N98 billion.
Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Usman Riruwai, who unveiled the plan at a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Kano, the state capital, said it was meant to overcome the persistent shortage of water in the metropolitan areas of the state.
The meeting was organised by the state government to celebrate this year’s Democracy Day.
Riruwai explained that the project would be funded by a consortium of foreign investors with contributions from the state and Federal Government.
The commissioner said that the Kano State Government would contribute N25 billion to the project, Islamic Development Bank N45 billion, French Development Agency N27 billion and European Union N21 billion.
Other donors are the Federal Government N3.5 billion, UNICEF N1.5 billion and the DFID N1 billion.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, said that the state has over three million pupils and 6,000 primary schools.
The commissioner, who doubles as the Deputy Governor, said the number was the highest in the country.
He said over 2,000 teachers were sponsored for NCE certification by the state government to enhance teaching and learning.
Also, the Commissioner for Rural Development, Musa Kwankwaso, said the government is working with the World Bank to construct 500 kilometres of rural roads across the state.
He said that the project being executed under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project was to open up rural communities for enhanced social and economic development.