A total sum of N150 million is said to have been spent by the Kebbi State Government to connect villages to the national grids and distribution of electricity across the state.
The State Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Arch.
Bala Sani Kangiwa, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the activities of his ministry at the NUJ secretariat, Birnin Kebbi.
Kangiwa also disclosed that it cost the state government the sum of N264.8 million to procure transformers to connect villages that have been in darkness for years, adding that the state government has spent N31 million on extension of electricity to Tairi area in Gwandu Local Government, while N56 million was expended on electrification of Koko and Yauri villages.
He disclosed further that the state government also spent N10 million in repairing 33kv line that supplies power to Koko area, stressing that the government is working hard with Kaduna Electricity Company to ensure more villages in the state enjoy electricity. He said this is in fulfilment of the administration of Governor Atiku Bagudu to ensure uninterrupte power supply to all towns and villages across Kebbi State.
Sani Kangiwa announced that apart from the 40 new transformers under installation, 30 have already been installed, bringing the total number of transformers to be installed to 70.
On water supply in the state, he said the state government sunk 29 motorised boreholes, 12 solar power water scheme, 30 hand rig pipe water and rehabilitation of eight non- function water scheme.
The Commissioner explained that the state government has successfully completed 7.5 kilometres water networks to some villages at radius of 200 metres distance.