Guinness Nigeria PLC has constructed a solar-powered water facility in Tyowanye community in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State.
This is one of three major water schemes by the company this year, which Guiness built with its non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners. It is the 35th project under the firm’s Water of Life initiative.
The project was executed with OXFAM, an international NGO determined to change the world by mobilising the people against poverty.
At the handing over, Guinness Nigeria Managing Director, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, restated the company’s commitment to initiatives that would improve access to safe water, saying his firm would continue to play a leading role in promoting safe water in the country.
He said since 2007, the company had embarked on the Water for Life Programme, which has provided over 10 million people in 18 countries across Africa with access to potable water.
“We have invested in sustainable technologies that help us to manage our water use. The construction of the Tyowanye motorised solar-powered water scheme is in furtherance of our efforts to help more Nigerians access clean drinking water. Our desire is that by improving access to safe drinking water, we can assist the people of Tyowanye community improve their overall well-being,” Ndegwa said.
Benue State Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom expressed praised the new water scheme. He said the water facility would support the state government’s drive to improve health and hygiene for the state indigenes.
“As we know, water is life, so he who brings water brings life. Guinness Nigeria has brought ‘life’ to this community through this project and we are very grateful for this intervention,’’ Ortom said.
He urged the community to protect the investment and use it judiciously to ensure its continued sustainability. He also said the state government would be delighted to further partner with Guinness Nigeria in agriculture where the state, known as the food basket of the nation is able to provide all the agricultural inputs Guinness Nigeria requires in its operations.
The Tyowanye Water Scheme, unveiled by Ortom and Ndegwa, comprises two solar-powered boreholes and two blocks of VIP toilets; it will benefit over 10,000 people in the community.