From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
The federal government of Nigeria has said, as part of its plans to boost the economy, a lot of programmes have been introduced to reduce the extreme poverty in rural communities.
The Director, Special Project Unit (SPU) of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Alhaji Babangida Hussaini, disclosed this during the commissioning of mini water plant worth N160 million in Sule Lamido University Kafinhausa (SLU).
He explained that, the project was part of the federal government’s special projects that cut across various sectors of the economy.
“The projects aimed at alleviating and providing succour from ravages of poverty within the core rural communities of the nation as envisioned by the “Change Agenda” of president Muhammad Buhari’s administration in 2015,” he said.
According to him, the SPU, which was established in 2015, oversaw and coordinated the implementation of Direct Mandate, Constituency/Zonal Intervention and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) projects and programs domiciled in the ministry by members of the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives).
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Lawan Taura, said the plant had immensely addressed the acute shortage of water experienced by staff and students in the university.
“We are here today to witness the official commissioning of mini water supply scheme executed in the university by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
“Contrary to the name tagged for the project, I wish to state categorically that the water reticulation project is a gigantic investment worth N160 million.
He explained that the project included drilling of five industrial boreholes, erection of 266,000 liters surface tank and 133,000 liters overhead tank on 15 meters steel tower.
“It also comprises of the provision of a modern treatment plant with 2.4×1.2 pressure cylinder, two sand filters, two inter-filter pumps of 1.5 horsepower (one on duty, one on standby) and two 15 horsepower booster pumps.
“It also includes the provision of a 33KVA sound proof generator and 7.5 kilometer reticulation work.
“The treatment plant consists of an office, a store, a generator room and a toilet facility,” the VC said.
Taura said the university had also received supply of medical equipment from the ministry and benefitted from 100 solar-powered street lights installation.