John Shiklam in Kaduna
Former vice President and former governor of Kaduna State Namadi Sambo saturday blamed his successors for abandoning the multi-billion naira Zaria water project.
Speaking at the commissioning of the 150 million per day Zaria Water Treatment Plant, Sambo who initiated the project in 2008 said the two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations that succeeded him, didn’t make any significant achievements on the project.
Upon his elevation as Vice President in 2010, he was succeeded by the late Patrick Yakowa. Samboâ€™s political god son, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero succeeded Yakowa, who died in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa State in December 2012.
According to him, “For five years after I left office as the governor of Kaduna state, no significant progress was achieved on the project”.
He noted that the commissioning of the project means an end to the long standing challenges of water supply in Zaria for over 40 years.
Sambo commended Governor Nasir El-Rufai for the completion of first phase of the project that will supply 150 million litre daily.
He said further that “The completion of the project is a demonstration of the commitment of the governor to improve the lives of the people of Kaduna State. It also underscored the significance of the good spirit of appreciation and continuity in government programmes and projects. Instead of abandoning viable inherited projects, this government evaluated professionally their import on the lives of the citizen and mustered efforts towards their timely completion.
“This is indeed a great departure from the politics of project abandonment which serves nobody any good”.
He further commended President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that federal government under his leadership has been working tirelessly to move our country to the higher pedestal and by the grace of God we will emerge greater, stronger and a more united nation”.