Over 548 communities have been provided with hand pump boreholes in Shendam and Riyom Local Government Areas (LGAS) of Plateau State.
Plateau State Supervisor on the United Nation International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Mr. George Bekimbo Anga disclosed this during an inspection tour of both completed and on-going WASH projects, last Friday and Saturday.
Mr. Anga said that for Shendam LGA, 190 hand pump boreholes have been completed with 110 still on-going while in Riyom LGA, 148 completed while 100 were on-going, adding that, they have trained local area mechanics with two persons per ward, saying that, the trainees were trained purposely to maintain all the facilities in their communities.
He added that, they had provided manual training to school based management committee, which he said was to ensure good maintenance of the facilities already installed in the two LGAs.
Mr. Anga explained that, the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP) III was funded by European Union (EU) implemented by UNICEF in partnership with Plateau Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (PRUWASSA).
He called on all the benefiting schools and communities to guard the facilities jealously so that they would last long, saying that, “Water is Life.”
In their separate remarks, His Royal Highness (HRH) Atta Aten, Yakubu Chiaman and HRH, Da Gwom Rwei of Bachit, Da Gyang Daylop, both expressed happiness with UNICEF for providing their communities with safe drinking water.
They affirmed that, their people used to trek almost a kilometer before getting access to water, adding that, before the coming of the donors with the boreholes the people share both drinking and washing water with animals.
According to them, their people contacted different kinds of diseases, especially with the contaminated water from the rivers saying that with the availability of functional boreholes in their communities, cases of contacting diseases have drastically reduced and assured the donors of their people maintaining all the facilities.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with THE NIGERIA STANDARD commended the donors for their services to humanity, especially for providing them with safe drinking water at their door-steps.
They further explained that, the benefiting communities also contributed 5 percent of the money for the sustenance of the facilities, which include both the hand pump boreholes and VIP toilets in the two LGAs.
The places visited in Riyom LGA includes; LEA EKAN Primary school Ganawuri, Mbob Community Water Supply Scheme (CWSS), Angwan Wereng CWSS and LEA Primary School Bangai Bachit among several others.
The communities visited in Shendam includes; Bunu, Pajak, AngwanTarok in Kurumgbou, AngwanTarok, Poeship, Ampia Poeship Lu-Tinhen, Kurumgbou, Kwaplogyit, Kwapkilik, Dase, Kwapkilik, Gina Rumbou and Yamini among others.