Osinbajo , Ex VP Sambo, others Join El-Rufai to Commission Zaria Water Plant
Acting President , Professor Yemi Osinbajo , Former Vice President , Architect Namadi Sambo ,All Progressives Congress, APC National Chairman ,Chief John Odigie Oyegun and several other dignitaries on Saturday joined Kaduna State Governor ,Malam Nasir El-Rufai to commission the 150 million litres per day water treatment plant at Zaria ,Kaduna State ,North-west ,Nigeria .
The 69 billion naira water project initiated by former Kaduna Governor and Vice President ,Namadi Sambo is to serve Zaria and six other local areas of the state .
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo ,represented by the National chairman of the ruling APC , Chief John Oyegun, noted that ‘today’s event signifief that the APC means business as the project PDP failed to do in sixteen years ,when they were in power has been completed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
According to him , the completion of the water project is part of the determination of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) governments commitment to the people of Zaria, Kaduna State and Nigeria as a whole.
While commending El-Rufai for working hard to deliver on APC campaign promises, he rated Governor El-Rufai as ” One of the most outstanding visionary leader APC has produced”.
Adding , “The official commissioning of the Zaria water project is clear evidence that Kaduna people made the right choice in El-Rufai and APC .”
Speaking during the occasion , former Vice President Namadi Sambo commended Governor El-Rufai for taking the the bold steps to complete the water treatment and sanitation plant inspite of scarce resource .
He said by this action; ” El-Rufai has demonstrated that he is not only a focused leader ,but also a leader committed to continuity of governance .
” Five years after I left office asKaduna Governor ,there was no significant progress made on the project , but I am elated that within two years in office ,El-Rufai has completed the projected initiated in 2008 by my administration
“This event has demonstrated that El-Rufai is committed to a visionary leadership and continuity of governance
“But I am not surprised , for those of us who have worked closely with El-Rufai, we know him a hardworking person with a passion to deliver on record time “.
He therefore commended the governor for ensuring that the perennial water scarcity problem in Zaria has become history .
Meanwhile , El-Rufai in his speech recognised former Vice President Namadi Sambo for his singular foresight to initiate the Zaria water treatment and sanitation project .
He said the decision to revisit the project is an effort by his administration meet the growing demands of water supply in Zaria and its environs .
He said the project is very important to the people of Zaria and environs, adding that is why he promised during the campaign to complete the project and promise that is being realized today.
The Zaria water project is the beginning of a new phase in water works development and renovation in the state as other water works scattered all across the state will continue to receive the attention of government,he stated.
He also disclosed that the Zaria water works was installed in 1939 with an initial capacity of 10m litres and is currently not functioning, pointing out, in 1975 it was upgraded to 50m litres but the operating capacity of both the two can not meet the 140m litres per day need of the people of Zaria and environs.
Speaking at the event, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris said the completion of the Zaria water project by the administration of Nasir el-rufai was a dream come true.
‘ It is my dream to see this day becoming a reality. Thank you Mr Governor for making my dream come true, he stressed.
Earlier, the Commissioner for water Resources, Alh Suleiman Aliyu Lere disclosed that the foundation of the Zaria water project was laid by the former governor of the state Namadi Sambo in 2008 at the cost of N15bn and was later reviewed to N24bn due to other exigencies.