By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
General Manager of Plateau State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, Engr. Peter Kassam, has said the agency has built 190 boreholes in Shendam, 150 in Riyom, 210 more in Kanke and Bokkos local government areas.
He advised the rural communities to make environmental hygiene a major priority, adding that about 110 more will be built across the state.
Speaking in an interview with Conscience Triumph in Jos in his office, Kassam said some of the ongoing programs are to ensure access to portable water in rural communities.
Engineer Peter Kassam said they started this work in partnership with UNICEF to cover all the LGs that were selected, which are Shendam and Riyom, out of the 17 local government areas of Plateau state in 2013.
The general manager urged all communities to work towards being free from open defecation because the mode of selection for having these boreholes and latrines built in communities depends very much on environmental hygiene as they have to be open defecation free.
Mr Kassam explained that, their aim is to build hand-pumps and motorized boreholes and three-compartment VIP latrines in these local government areas.
According to him, “Going by the sustainable development goals, it is expected that by the year 2030, every community should have access to portable water; and I am confident that this will be achieved in Plateau state.”