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In Nigeria, the Sokoto State government has awarded a contract for the construction of 250 solar powered water schemes, which will be developed in rural areas across the state’s 23 local government areas.


According to Malam Imam Imam, the spokesman for Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who made the announcement in Sokoto on Sunday, the scheme is set to be completed in three months.

The official statement read: “The project is part of government’s policy of opening up and improving standard of living in rural areas. It will be completed in three months and it is consisting of solar pumping system, control room, distribution system, borehole, 10,000-litre capacity tank and security fence.” Read more…

The breakdown of the placement in each local government area is as follows:

  • Dange Shuni, Gada and Sokoto North Local Government Areas will have 14 of the schemes in different locations;
  • Wurno Local Government Area will have 12;
  • 11 different locations will benefit from the scheme in Illela Local Government Area; and
  • The remaining 17 local government Areas will each get 10 of the schemes in their localities.

Solar powered water schemes

The statement added that both the location and nature of the project were executed following wide consultations with stakeholders at the grassroots level.

“The unique thing about this project is the level of participation of communities in planning for the constructions. Government will continue to engage the populace as it implements projects that have positive bearing on their lives.

“This project will increase access to safe drinking water and improve hygiene and basic sanitation in rural areas across the state,” the statement added.


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