Part of the visit to France by the Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was to have further discussion with French government in the areas of improving the water sector and environmental sanitation in the state.
Kano state government show of concern and seriousness was applauded by the French government, in an Agreement on water supply and improved efficiency, that involves 8 states in the country.
In a high level meeting between the governor with his team and project team management of the already signed Agreement, that took place in Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), recently in Paris, France, project team manager Alexandria Monteiro said the serious participation and curiosity of Kano was placed ahead of all other participating states.
Monteiro encouraged that, "Among all the states that are involved in this project, Kano excels with both enabling environment for quality take-off of the project. As well as engaging in all other activities related to the project, which paves way for the sustainability of the project."
As far as Kano is concerned, according to her, the project would receive the much needed attention and required interaction for its quality attainment for sustainability purposes.
The major areas involved in the Agreement include overhauling water treatment plants in the state, replacement of pipes that were laid for decades ago and to expand laying of pipes to other areas of the state, because the pipes in use now, that were laid many years ago, did not anticipate the population expansion as Kano is witnessing today.
Other areas include to get proper metering system in the supply of water in the state. That will enable the state, to have proper understanding of water consumption for clearer management and policy.
Rural water supply at its best is another area of concern of this project. As governor explains "Our rural communities will have more quality water supply for their day to day life engagement. This will also go a long way in putting more smiles of the faces of our rural communities."
Manpower development in terms of staff training is another area the project takes care of. Where Engineers would be given first hand knowledge on how to go in line with the global best practices in water management.
"We are extremely happy and it sounds encouraging to us, to understand that, our Engineers will be trained in this area of water management and control, which is in line with the global best practices," Ganduje expresses.
Resources for feasibility study have already been transmitted to states under this project for quick and quality take-off. While Kano's prudent management was also hailed the team called on other states to take a leaf from Kano for the overall achievement of the project in the country.
In the area of intervention in the environmental sanitation, it was agreed that strategy be reviewed to be in tandem with the European practices in developing other parts of the world. That, according to the meeting, was principally aimed at getting optimal result.
The concern of the state government in the environmental sanitation aspect, through the presentation made by the governor, was also appreciated by the meeting. Acknowledging that, Kano is up and doing. And reminding that strategy review is just normal in any development intervention.
On the entourage of governor Ganduje at the AFD meeting were the Permanent Secretaries of the state ministries of Water Resources, Environment and Higher Education, Auwalu Iliyasu Riruwai, Tukur Makama Getso and Dr Binta Umar Bala respectively and the Vice Chancellor of Kano University of Science and Technology, Prof. Shehu Alhaji Musa.
Others are Managing Directors of State Water Board and Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB), Engineer Garba Ahmad Kofar Wambai and Abdullahi Mu'azu Gwarzo respectively. With them were the Executive Secretary of the State Scholarship Board, Abubakar Zakari and the former Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Higher Education Usaini Jarma.