Katsina state government has earmarked N2.5 billion for the rehabilitation of the Ajiwa Water treatment plant to address shortage of water faced by metropolitan area of the state.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari revealed this while inaugurating Association of Retired Civil Servants of the state Water Board over the weekend.
He said the water treatment plant which was constructed and commissioned about 40 years ago, was not given due attention by previous governments.
Masari explained that currently, the plant cannot provide enough water to people of the metropolitan area because of outdated facilities.
He said the rehabilitation work at the plant would include replacement of old equipment and lying of new pipes to provide additional 40 million litres of water per day.
Masari said his administration was committed to addressing water shortage faced by the state, especially at the rural areas, saying to achieve the objective, government had recently awarded contract worth N500 million for rehabilitation of Malumfashi water treatment plant.
He said the state government would look into the problems faced by the state water board and make it independent without any interference by state ministry of water resources.
Masari lamented that board had been converted into a department under state ministry of water resources and all its powers to execute its mandate was reviewed by the ministry.
He charged the association to come up with suggestions on how to make the board move forward effectively.
Earlier, chairman of the association, Isah Matazu said the association was formed to assist retired civil servants that work with the state water boards and come up with recommendations to assist government in addressing shortage of water faced by the state.