Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo
The Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP) in Taraba State has provided 119 manual hand pump boreholes across Taraba communities to address lack of access to potable water supply especially for persons staying in remote areas of the state.
The General Manager of CSDP in Taraba State, Mr Iremia, Ezekiel Danjuma, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Jalingo said that the CSDP has also provided six solar/motorised boreholes, line wells, surface tanks for rainwater and water source harness in remote areas where drilling is nearly impossible.
Danjuma lamented that people have to share ponds with cattle and other animals in some communities in the state and commended the state government for supporting the CSDP to ensure that potable water is brought to the doorsteps of the rural dwellers as well.
He assured that all ongoing projects in the state would be completed in time and more would be initiated once communities indicate interest and are ready to take ownership of the projects once executed to avoid vandalisation of the projects.
“We are well aware of the water crisis in parts of Taraba State, especially in rural areas where government efforts have not created the desired impact yet.
“We regret that people still have to drink from ponds with animals and are exposed to all kinds of vulnerabilities. As such, the CSDP in the state has considered the provision of potable water supply to rural communities a top priority. To this end, we have been able to provide over a 119 manual hand pump boreholes across several communities in the state. We have also provided six solar powered/motorised boreholes and two line wells that run throughout the year.
“On the Mambilla Plateau where drilling boreholes are almost impossible, we have provided water harnesses and surface tanks for rainwater so that the abundant rain there is harnessed and put to use. We still have a lot of projects that are ongoing and we would complete all of them in good time.
“I must commend the Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, for making potable water available to all parts of the state a priority of his administration as contained in his blueprint.
“However, we are aware that if we are to address this issue head-on, we cannot leave it to the government alone. We look forward to a time when all communities, irrespective of how remote they are, would have express access to potable water supply,” Danjuma said.
Our correspondent reports that, while there are major water projects going on in Jalingo, the state capital, people in other parts of the state have to make do with water from sources that leave them vulnerable to water-borne diseases.