Benue State Government has provided over two thousand boreholes to communities in eight Local Government Areas of the state.
The state government provided the boreholes in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF.
Outgoing UNICEF Chief Field Officer in Nigeria, Dr Ibrahim Conteh, disclosed this Tuesday at the Benue Peoples House during a farewell visit on the Governor said the feat was achieved in a period of four years.
Dr Conteh stated that the intervention was to ensure that the most deprived communities have access to safe drinking water, which he said could save people, especially children and women, from contracting water-borne diseases.
The UNICEF Chief Field Officer, who is moving to Afghanistan, stated that the UN Agency had gone a step further to connect the boreholes to primary health care centres and primary schools in the communities and assured that they would also undertake rehabilitation of the boreholes.
Governor Samuel Ortom, in his remarks, expressed appreciation to UNICEF for assisting the state through various interventions and assured that apart from the counterpart funding, Government would ensure that facilities provided by the UN Agency are well managed.
The Governor “lamented the unequal treatment of IDPs in Benue State as compared to what happens in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
Local Government Areas where the boreholes are cited include Konshisha, Katsina-Ala, Guma, Tarka, Buruku, Ogbadibo, Oju and Obi.