The successful efforts of state governor Alhaji (Dr.) Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko to supply clean water to the city of Sokoto were typified by the inauguration of the N2.6 billion ($15.8 million) Asare water project in August last year.
Of vital importance to the people of Sokoto, the Asare water tanks currently provide 20 million gallons of water per day to the city and its environs. The project was made possible thanks to investment by a Chinese company and complements the existing supply of 32 million gallons per day. So there is now a constant supply of 52 million gallons of clean water available 24 hours per day to the city. For Governor Wamakko, the Asare water scheme has been one of his proudest achievements to date. But there is still work to do: with the current demand for 80 million gallons per day in Sokoto City, it was announced in December 2013 – just four months after its inauguration – that the Asare water project would be expanded to provide an additional 40 million gallons of water per day. The upgrade will cost a further N5.7 billion, over double the initial project cost. Once completed it will provide water to areas such as Mana, Runjin Sambo, Mabera, Rugar-Wauru and other parts of the city. With this additional supply, daily demand will be more than covered, leaving around 12 million gallons to spare that could be used to supply nearby rural areas. Aside from the Asare upgrade, the state is investing a further N1.9 billion for the rehabilitation of water treatment plants in the Sokoto metropolitan area, including the old waterworks, a bi-water project, a new extension treatment plant and a new water scheme. The state government has also earmarked funds to provide much-needed potable water to the rural areas of Sokoto.