Bauchi State Government is to benefit from a 2.2 Million dollars United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project under the Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Project.
The USAID Mission Director in Nigeria Mr. Stephen M. Haykins and the Chief of Party of the WASH Coordination Project Mr. Timeyin Uwejamomere in their separate remarks revealed this at the project launch recently.
The USAID Mission Director said that the project is specifically designed for Bauchi and Kaduna States and it is expected to run for two years.
He added that under the arrangement, the project will provide support services on how to boost the urban water supply and technical support to the utilities boards of both states.
The Chief of Party of the project also informed that available statistics have revealed that 57million people do not have access to safe drinking water in Nigeria describing the situation as “disturbing.”
He applauded Bauchi and Kaduna States for their commitment in the project, pledging more support in that direction.
In his address shortly before the project launch, Governor Mohammed Abubakar had pledged his administration’s commitment and political will to ensure the successful implementation of the project in the state.
Governor Abubakar appreciated USAID for their support to Nigeria and Bauchi State in particular.
The Governor said “USAID support in the areas of capacity building, good governance and system strengthening would go a long way in improving effective and sustainable service delivery and also high performance in governance.”
The Governor assured Bauchi State Government’s support and cooperation towards the implementation of WASH coordination project in the state.