Federal Government in collaboration with the Enugu State government and Japan International Corporation Agency, JICA, has commissioned and handed over the first phase of 50 Indian Mark III boreholes and tool boxes to some communities in Amafor Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.
Five other councils benefitting from the project which the state government contributed N20million are Aninri, Awgu, Enugu East, Enugu South, Nkanu East and Nkanu West.
At the commissioning of the project, Governor Sullivan Chime stated that the programme, through which 100 boreholes would be constructed in 100 communities within two years, is designed to improve access to safe water supply in the rural areas.
Represented by the managing director, Enugu State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency, EN-RUWASSA, Michael Cole Aguamah, the governor urged the benefitting communities to reciprocate the gesture of FGN/JICA and ENGS by maintaining the facilities.
Chime, who expressed optimism that the agency would complete the remaining 50 boreholes under the second phase of JICA improvement of rural water supply in the other 50 communities, commended JICA for providing drilling equipment and spare parts for the implementation of the projects.
Chairman of Nkanu West, Hon. Afam Okereke while handing over the operation and maintenance tool boxes to benefiting communities, thanked God that the gesture came during his administration, noting that when he came in power he carried out research for the need of the people and found that lack of safe water was a major problem in many communities among other needs.
He warned benefiting communities to ensure the security and proper maintenance of facilities for the sake of sustainability, stressing that if they take proper care of the facilities, the government would be spurred to provide more projects.
JICA Enugu Consultant, Mr. Alobu Innocent said research carried on the past projects showed that sustainability was the major challenge facing rural water provision, stressing that that was the reason the agency decided to include the training of Village Level Operation and Maintenance, VLOM, team.

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