The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it has constructed 338 boreholes in various communities in Shendam and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau to enhance access to safe drinking water.
Mr George Bekinbo, UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene consultant, who made the disclosure, also said 40 Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines were constructed in some primary schools in the two local governments.
The official told journalists on Monday in Jos shortly after inspecting some of the facilities provided under the EU-supported Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme III.
According to Bekinbo, the facilities are aimed at enhancing child survival and development through sustainable access to water sanitation and hygiene services.
Bekinbo said the facilities were provided under the first and second phase of the programme while the third face would commence by May.
“This project being implemented by the UNICEF supported by the EU is basically to enhance child survival and development through sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in communities.
“It is being implemented in Adamawa, Ekiti and Plateau states, and here on the Plateau we are working in various communities of Shendam and Riyom local councils.
“We have signed a memorandum of understanding with Plateau Government to provide hand pump boreholes in 601 communities.
“And so far, we have for the first and second phase, constructed 338 boreholes and 40 VIP latrines in the two localities.
“The remaining ones are captured in the third phase of the project which will commence by first week of May,” he said.