From Ayo Ajoge, Birnin Kebbi
Emir of Yauri in Kebbi State, Dr. Muhammad Zayyanu Abdullahi, has commended the federal government for bringing the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) to reality.
Abdullahi stated this at the handing over of site to contractors for the rehabilitation of Yauri waterworks by the commission as the project which is expected to gulp 1.6 Billion Naira is to be fully funded by HYPPADEC through the Kebbi State Water Board.
The Emir who expressed delight over the project therefore urged contractors to execute the project according the contract specifications using the local artisans and labour for multiplier effect.
He explained that within the last two years, HYPPADEC has executed a number of projects across Kebbi State that have improved the living standard of affected communities and thanked the Buhari administration for inaugurating the commission and providing an enabling environment for its operations.
“I am lost of words to express my happiness over this development, he who gives water gives life. Clean water has been our major problems in this Emirate and in a couple of months I know that will be a thing of the past so, we thank Mr. President for this.” He said Said.
The Managing Director, Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, (HYPPADEC) Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa said the Project which is in nine slots is expected to be completed in five months, pointing out that the contractors were selected through a competitive bid by the Kebbi State Water Board and the best emerged for the job.
He, therefore, urged the contractors to religiously respect the contract agreement as the commission will not condone shady jobs, reminding them that one major challenge of working in Yauri is that everyone in the community is a supervisor not only the Project Management Committee.
“Yauri people will always talk when they see what they are not satisfied with therefore, do a good job in your own interests”. Yelwa charged them.
He expressed optimism that in five months time, HYPPADEC will be in Yauri to commission and handover the water scheme.
The Permanent Secretary, Kebbi State Ministry of Water Resources represented by Director Planning in the ministry Engr. Atiku Umar assured of Kebbi State Government’s support to the project.
He reminded the project management committee that they are under oath to do the right thing and as such an oath must not be compromised.