Common destiny for clean water nourishes the China-Africa tree of friendship

Close-up of a running water tap at a waterhole, Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images

In Zamfara State, Nigeria, poor access to clean water and sanitation poses a major threat to the health of the people of the community.

Supplying sufficient fresh water to the community has been a challenge for the local government.

According to El-Zamfara resident, Kabir Shehu Danfulani the lack of access to clean water puts residents at risk of catching water-borne diseases, measles, diarrhea among other diseases.

Li Wenzhong, an expert in water supply systems with China-based Zhonghao Construction Engineering, arrived in Nigeria 10 years ago and has been working on the solar water supply project in Zamfara since 2013.

Li believed he could help solve the problem residents of Zamfara are facing and has worked in more than a dozen states across Nigeria and installed at least 500 sets of water supply equipment in Zamfara.

His team, in the course of the past decade, has trained many people across Sub-saharan Africa in drilling wells.

Their latest solar-well technology can provide water supply while protecting the ecological environment.

In the near future, when all the planned solar wells are operating, Zamfara will become the first of Nigeria’s 36 states to have full access to clean drinking water

Africa is emerging as a popular investment destination for thousands of companies like Li’s. Economic relations are evolving from unilateral government aid to comprehensive cooperation.