The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has inaugurated a solar-powered water scheme in Bama, Borno state Northern Nigeria.
The FAO in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr Tsokar David, in Abuja, explained that the water scheme became imperative to improve access to potable water among the conflict-affected areas in the north-east.
He said the programme tagged: “Access to Water initiative,” was implemented in collaboration between FAO and Eni/Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The FAO Country Representative in Nigeria and to ECOWAS, Suffyan Koroma, while inaugurating the facility in Bama, stressed the importance of the intervention.
“In Bama alone, the water scheme is expected to reach 40,000 internally displaced people and the host community.
“Through the provision of clean water, FAO and ENI believe the intervention will improve sanitation and help restore livelihoods by making water available for dry season irrigation,’’ he explained.
Koroma also said that the solar boreholes and FAO’s larger investment in irrigation and water management was aimed at assisting the Federal Government achieve her development goals.
“The initiative was implemented in the framework of the agreement between FAO and Eni/NNPC in Nigeria, geared towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“In the northeast, the availability of safe drinking water and water for agriculture is central to growth and recovery programme.
“This will boost access to water for domestic consumption as well as small-scale agricultural activities like micro-gardening,’’ Koroma added.
Source: Voice of Nigeria.