By Salisu Baso
Kano State Government has commended Natview Foundation for Technology Innovations (NAFTI) for launching a pilot programme that will improve traditional water system to a model.
The state Commissioner of Environment, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso made the commendations while commissioning Warawa Living Lab Water Projects at Kurna ‘Yan Dachi in Warawa Local Government Area, recently.
He described the project as good initiative that would improve environmental hygiene to the rural communities, assuring of the government readiness to collaborate with the organization to continue its contributions towards the development of the people especially rural communities.
The commissioner further said that the project has provided innovative and technology – based model of clean water supply in rural setting with the means easy to own and maintain.
Dr. Getso added that the project is in line with the administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s commitment to provide portable drinking water available to the communities as well as to prevent diseases and improve of environmental sanitation and overall socio-economic life of the populace towards protecting them from water borne diseases and diarrhoea as well as water washed diseases.
He explained that the project will help to monitor the relationship between the time of accessing clean water and girl child school enrolment, social population trend, water usage and social life, assuring the ministry’s efforts to continue mobilizing the community on water storage system for effective utilization.
Earlier, the Programme Director Nuradden Maidoki had said the project is aimed to develop a prototype of a living lab that would measure multi poverty level indexes using sensor based data, and also providing basic need for the selected community.
He also said the project is to move the traditional water supply system to an innovative system, cost-effective and technological incline model that will provide clean water to the rural setting at a minimal cost.
On the living laboratory, Maidoki further said the programme provides policy research and scientific data analysis by sampling pilot communities and use cases for studying human behaviour impact of policy communities, and societies, social mobility patterns.
He therefore said with this development the community has started witnessing the impact of prevention of recent cholera pandemic, market activities as well as school enrolment.
He therefore commended the state government and the ministry as well as water resources for giving them opportunity to launch the pilot program.