By Danjuma katsina
The Katsina state Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Musa Adamu Funtua says no administration had shown total commitment to the execution of water projects than the present APC government in the state.
Alhaji Musa Adamu Funtua was speaking during a ministerial press briefing held at government house, Katsina.
The commissioner announced that from the inception of the administration in 2015 to date, a total of over 18.7 billion Naira was earmarked and approved for the design, rehabilitation, construction and upgrading of water supply projects in the state
He revealed that the state ministry of water resources had been involved in planning, designing and rehabilitation of existing urban water schemes, upgrading of existing semi- urban water supply schemes, construction of Rural water supply and sanitation by RUWASSA and government interventions on major repairs of operational activities in Urban, semi urban and Rural water supply schemes.
Currently, Alhaji Musa Adamu Funtua explained that there are six urban water supply schemes in Katsina, Daura, Funtua, Dutsinma, Malumfashi Jibiya, Mashi and Dutsi being operated by the state Water Board,adding that water supply schemes in small towns and Rural areas are being operated by the Department of semi urban water supply and Rural water and Sanitation Agency- RUWASSA.
Before 2015, the commissioner said water supply was left under capacitated due to laxity in the operations and maintenance as well as lack of development projects to meet current and projected demand of the ever increasing population in the state.
Alhaji Musa Adamu Funtua revealed that only Katsina, Dutsinma and Funtua urban water supply schemes are functioning, even so below the design capacity, while the semi urban water supply schemes were largely neglected and could hardly meet the design production capacity.
The commissioner stated that the water supply schemes were gradually resuscitated by awarding various contracts from 2015 to date.
On the completed Sabke water project completed and handed over to Katsina state government, Alhaji Musa Adamu Funtua explained that the state took up the operations and maintenance of the water treatment plant through payment of water treatment chemicals, Diesel and payment of monthly electricity bills.
Furthermore, the commissioner revealed that water supply operations and production commences in Zone Regional water supply scheme, which was handed over to state by the federal government, stressing that the scheme covers Katsina Metropolis and Dutsinma town, thereby providing additional supply to meet the demand of people.
Alhaji Musa Adamu Funtua announced that the state government proposed to complete the Zobe Regional water supply phase 1B to cover Karofi, Radda, Kafin Soli, Kankia and charanchi.
He said that the state government plans to upgrade Malumfashi water supply scheme to become a Regional one to cover Kankara and the villages on the route.
In addition, Alhaji Musa Adamu Funtua revealed that the state government plans to improve Ajiwa Dam to impound additional raw water reserve and a possible extension of treated water supply to Mani.