By Salamatu Kabir
The Kaduna State Government has earmarked N2.8bn to be spent on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, WASH interventions in 2021 under its Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency.
The amount is contained in the 2021 budget approved document obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Tuesday.
The document also showed that N1.4 billion was earmarked as a marching grant for the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Hygiene and Sanitation (PEWASH) project.
In the budget document, N924.7m was allocated for the construction and installation of 675 hand pumps boreholes as well as procurement of two drilling rigs and accompanying equipment at N622.8 million and N301.9 million respectively.
The document also indicated that N262.4 million was earmarked for the construction of 1,716 blocks of gender-sensitive sanitation facilities in institutions and public places.
N79.8 million will be spent on refurbishing and maintenance of three units of drilling rigs and components as well as the purchase of workshop materials.
The Government, however, allocated N51.7 million for the institutionalisation of the Village Level Operation and Maintenance concept in 525 communities for the sustainability of PEWASH facilities and N1.2 million for conducts of quarterly campaigns to promote effective hand washing.
“N4.7 million was earmarked to train 414 facilitators of community-led total sanitation in the 23 local government areas of the state.”