By Benjamin Awua, Jalingo
The Catholic Diocese of Jalingo, over the weekend commissioned two boreholes it donated to Lamma and Tudun-Wada communities in Zing Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Commissioning the boreholes, the Bishop of the Jalingo Catholic Diocese, Rt. Rev. Charles Hammawa, said the project was the initiative of the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo through the Justice Development and Peace Commission, JDPC, with the support from Misereor – a group of Catholic Bishops in Germany.
Hammawa, who said the project was tagged, ‘Water for Peace,’ enjoined the people to use the boreholes as a unifying factor and avoid discriminating against others in the usage of the water, which he said was meant to serve all the people of the two communities.
Describing water as one of the essential needs of all humanity, the Catholic Bishop urged the people to use the boreholes judiciously and ensure proper maintenance for the boreholes to serve them better.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the JDPC of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Stephen Bakari, explained that the siting of the projects followed field assessment by the Commission, which identified the communities for urgent intervention.
Bakari noted that the efforts of the Church was aimed at providing potable water to local communities and contributing to the development of the state in line with the goal number six of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, which target access to potable water in all communities by 2030.
While announcing that the commission had conclude plans to sink two wells in Lamma community to complement the borehole and boost water supply in the area, he added that another borehole would be sunked in Monkin, a nearby community.
This was even as he said JDPC had provided water to over 100 communities in the state and plans were on the pioelien to do more to reduce water scarcity in the area.
In his remarks, the district head of Lamma, Alhaji Usman Tanko, commended the Bishop, the Diocese and the Catholic Church for providing the community with potable drinking water, noting that his people had been suffering from lack of potable drinking water for a long time.