The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commissioned 400,000 litres capacity solar powered water treatment plants in Daura and Musawa local government areas of Katsina state.
The project is in collaboration with Belema oil petroleum company and the Jack-Rich Tein Foundation.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru revealed that the Corporation has embarked on numerable empowerment programmes aimed at ameliorating the plight of rural dwellers in the country.
The President and founder of Jack-Rich Foundation, Mr. Jack Rick-Tein, said the initiative was based on the fact that water is a fundamental human need.
“We also constructed 100,000 litres water treatment plants at Daura airstrip, water treatment plant at Musawa and potable water facility with 100,000 litres capacity tanks at Central Mosque, Daura,’’ he explained.
He also disclosed that the company was ready to collaborate with other relevant stakeholders to execute more developmental projects in Nigeria.
The Governor of the state, Aminu Masari, urged stakeholders in the areas to safeguard the facilities from being vandalised.
Masari warned that anyone found vandalising the facilities would face the wrath of the law, adding that protecting the facilities remained the core responsibility of the community members.
“Gone are the days when government property will be destroyed by citizens. Water is life, so you most do everything humanly possible to protect these facilities.
“I thanked Mr. Jack Rich-Tein and NNPC for bringing these important projects in Katsina state,’’ Masari said.