The National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, is in robust health and sustained recovery, adding that he would soon return and continue with the good work he has been doing for Nigerians.
Chief John Oyegun, he remarked:“Today’s event signify that the APC means business. This was a project the PDP failed to do in 16 years when they were in power.
“But today, we are here to witness the commissioning of the water project completed by one of our most visionary governors.”
Also speaking at the event, the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris, said the completion of the project by the administration of Governor Nasir el-rufai was a dream come true.
The emir recalled how 40 years ago, a former president of the country asked him to name a water project he wanted his government to do in his emirate since he had only two months left in office.
According to the emir, he told the then president that he wanted nothing but to ensure that his community has potable water.
“Indeed, the former president kept to his promise by bringing water to my people, but because of the growing population, the water service could not cover the growing population.
“It is my dream to see this become a reality. Thank you Mr Governor for making my dream come true,’’ he stressed.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Aliyu Lere, disclosed that the foundation of the project was laid by former governor of the state, Namadi Sambo in 2008 at the cost of N15 billion and was later reviewed to N24 billion.
In his own remarks, former vice-president Sambo commended the state governor for completing the project.
He said he was not surprised because the governor, whom he knew since 40 years ago, was a goal-getter that once he set himself on something, he often finished it.
Speaking on the project, Governor el-Rufai said the Zaria waterworks was installed in 1939 with an initial capacity of 10m litres but is currently not functioning, pointing out that in 1975 it was upgraded to 50m litres but the operating capacity could not meet the 140m litres per day capacity.