- Acting President Osinbajo and former Vice President Namadi Sambo are at variance over the recently commissioned Zaria water project
- The leaders are in disagreement over the role of past and present government in executing the water project in Zaria
- Sambo says the project has remained the same as it was 7 years ago
Nigeria's Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday, May 27, inaugurated the long awaited 150 million liters per day multi-billion Naira Zaria water project in Kaduna state
Legit.ng gathered that Osinbajo and his predecessor, Namadi Sambo, on Saturday disagreed over the role played by present and past Kaduna governors in the Zaria water project.
Represented at the event by the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun, the acting president had claimed the project had lingered for 16 years but was speedily completed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai in two years.
But the News Agency of Nigeria reported that the 150 million liters per day multi-billion water project was initiated by Mr Sambo in 2008 when he was governor of the north western state.
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Osinbajo’s representative described El-Rufa’i as one of the most visionary governors the party has produced.
He described the invitation of Mr Sambo to witness the inauguration as a demonstration of good will of the state government.
But Mr Sambo struck back in his speech, telling the audience that while E-Rufai’s effort was commendable, the project had not gone beyond where he left it seven years ago.
The former vice president however said the event would bring an end to water scarcity in Zaria which had been on for over 40 years.
He urged the benefiting communities to make judicious use of the project and to protect it against vandalism.
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The first part of the project inaugurated by Mr. Osinbajo would supply water to Zaria and Sabongari Local Government Areas.
NAN reports that, when fully completed, the Zaria water supply project would also be extended to Giwa, Kudan, Makarfi, Soba and Kubau local government areas.
To facilitate the project, the Federal Government constructed the Galma dam which has 186.1 million cubic metres of water to provide raw water to Zaria water treatment plant.
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