BY AMEH IDUJAGI, JALINGO – The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo, Most Rev Charles Hammawa, on Saturday inaugurated two boreholes the church donated to Lamma and Tudun-Wada communities in Zing Local Government Area of Taraba State.
While commissioning the boreholes, Hammawa said the project was the initiative of the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo through Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), with support from Misereor-a group of Catholic Bishops in Germany.
The Bishop, who tagged the project, “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 noted, was meant for the people of the two communities.
Describing water as one of the essential needs of all humans, Hammawa urged the people to use the boreholes judiciously and ensure proper maintenance.
Earlier, the Coordinator of Justice Development and Peace Commission of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Stephen Bakari, explained that the citing 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.
The coordinator announced that the commission has concluded plans to dig two wells in Lamma community to complement the borehole and boost water supply in the area, while another borehole would be cited in Monkin in a nearby community.
Bakari pledged the commitment of JDPC in providing water to over 100 communities in the State in order to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
In his remarks, the District Head of Lamma, Alhaji Usman Tanko, commended the Bishop for the provision of water to the community, noting that his people have been suffering in search of potable water most parts of their lives.
Dozens of people, who turned out to welcome the Bishop, expressed their appreciation for the donation.