From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The new Managing Director, Kano State Water Board, Garba Ahmad Kofar-Wambai has revealed that the board has spent the sum of N300 million within 47 days of his appointment to boost water supply in the state.
Kofar-Wambai, who described the water situation in Kano before assuming office as worrisome said governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s support to the board within the last 47 days has paid off as water supply in Kano presently has increased by over 80 percent.
Speaking to journalists at his office yesterday, the MD disclosed that on assuming office, he found that the board was on the verge of collapse and that people were complaining of lack of water supply, but he rose to the challenge until he brought the situation under control.
He said; “I am staying for only 47 days on this seat as the Managing-Director of Kano State Water Board. I came to meet a doard that was at the verge of collapse.
“Kano people were complaining that they don’t get regular water supply. Institutions, industries and domestic users of water were all complaining. So, this really made us to get down to work, and I can tell you today that the story has changed for better,”
According to the MD, in his commitment to boost water supply in the state, his team moved in to renovate the Tamburawa Water Plant and the Challawa Water Works which were hitherto in bad condition.
“I found out that Tamburawa and Challawa Water Plants which were the major suppliers of water to Kano were not in good shape, but we had to rehabilitate all the faulty facilities and machines. I brought in 500 metric tons of Aluminium Sulphate, as well as 500 metric tons of Lime Fowder, among other consumable products needed to purify the water, “ he disclosed.
The MD continued; “I personally worked with the Engineers at the Water Plants and ensured that all mechanical and electrical faults were fixed. We looked at the pipes and overhauled them so as to ensure hitch-free distribution of water across the state,” he added.
According to him, “today, the Tamburawa and Challawa Water Plants are back to life and are working with full capacity. Tamburawa Plant supplies water from Maifuguri Road, down to State Road, Nasarawa GRA, Dakata, Gama, Kurna, Tudun Wada, Tudun Murtala and its environs.
“Challawa Water Plant is also working in full capacity, because we have repaired the recycling plant, the Second Water Works and the Third Water Works.
“You are aware that the Second Water Works supplies water to Goron-Dutse and its environs, while the Third Water supplies water to the Kano metropolitan. So we are happy that some residents have been trooping into our office to thank and appreciate us for improved water supply in Kano.” he said
Kofar-Wambai however disclosed that the doard had also set a target of N300 million monthly revenue generation, noting that the money would be used to pay staff salaries and maintain the machineries used for the water supply.
He appealed to water consumers in Kano to pay their water bills as at when due so as to enable the Board serve them better.