President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commended Governor Nasiru El Rufai on his infrastructural development during his visit to Zaria.
President in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday by Mr. Femi Adesina, his special adviser (Media and Publicity) said; ‘‘I am aware of what the governor undertook to offset all outstanding payments to the contractor in 2015 which led to the resumption of construction activities at the 150 Million Litres-per- day water treatment plant.’’
Buhari equally praised the Kaduna State government for demonstrating an appreciable commitment to development through people-oriented projects.
”To our multilateral partners, the Islamic Development Bank and the African Development Bank, we are grateful for your part in providing the needed funding to undertake and complete the transmission mains, service reservoirs, booster stations and distribution network.
”We could not have done it without your contributions. We are hopeful that this partnership will continue as we seek to reach out to other communities, cities and states in Nigeria to provide water facilities and other essential services,” he said.
The President challenged the Kaduna State Water Corporation, responsible for operating and maintaining the system, to live up to expectation, urging beneficiaries to be responsible citizens by ensuring vigilance over the facilities and payment for water consumed.
He noted that water infrastructure investments such as this one would serve for decades if they are well managed and well maintained.
”The project is partly funded by loans that will be repaid by coming generations. We should ensure that they are appreciative even as they continue to pay back the loans,” the President said.
President Buhari, who congratulated ”the good people of Zaria for being the beneficiaries of such a timely and life-changing water project”, commended the contractors and consultants for the quality and timely delivery.