The European Union has inaugurated a solar powered borehole constructed for the 3rd Phase of its Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP III) in Lo-Gwom Kwi community of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau state, Northern Nigeria.
The EU Head of Delegation to Nigeria and Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), Mr Ketil Karlsen, said that the WSSSRP projects spread across Riyom and Shendam LGAs of the state, were implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and funded by the EU.
“In making conscious efforts to address the challenges of water, sanitation and hygiene, we have invested 260 million euros across 14 states in Nigeria in the last five to six years.
“In Plateau alone, we have injected 12 million euros into the water sector.
“All these efforts are geared towards ensuring more and more rural women and children accesses to water with ease.
“This will improve sanitation and personal hygiene. It will also increase school enrollment and will boost the economy of the state as less time will be spent in looking for potable water,” he explained.
He said that its investment in the water sector of Plateau in particular and the country in general, would curtail morbidity and mortality rates among under-five children.