The Oasis Reporters
June 22, 2023
By Asile Abel, Jos
In the face of collapsing social infrastructures, especially the lack of adequate potable drinking water in large parts of Plateau State as well as in many parts of Nigeria, TASTE, a non-governmental Organisation successfully sought the intervention of a British journalist, Mr. Dan Walker to donate a N5million motorised solar powered borehole to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Plateau Council.
The Chief Executive Officer, TASTE, Mr Ben Odejiofor, inaugurating the project in Jos on Tuesday revealed the source of the funding by the journalist who is said to be a patron of the Jos based organisation.
Odejiofor stated that the 10,000 capacity water facility was donated to provide a conducive working environment for journalists in the secretariat and also provide potable water to communities in the area.
“I have great joy in my heart to commission this water project which is donated by our organisation to journalists in Plateau and surrounding communities to provide a conducive working environment for journalists and potable drinking water for people around.
“As we commission this, I pray that the communities here will enjoy this; the journalists will enjoy it and for anyone who uses it, to remember that this project is brought about by God’s goodness.
“As journalists, we are looking unto you that as you write, we expect truth, integrity and honesty, because as Christian, we believe in charity and that is what we stand for,” he said.
The Board Secretary, TASTE, Mrs. Julie Anpe applauded the contribution of journalists to the society, adding that safe drinking water provision was one of the most critical environmental health interventions.
Anpe said this would help to prevent water and sanitation-related diseases, and improve nourishment.
While applauding the partnership, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Chairman in Plateau State, Mr Paul Jatau said that lack of water supply had been a major challenge in the secretariat.
Jatau said the water facility would improve the living conditions of journalists in the secretariat and also provide drinking water to community members in the area.
He promised that the facility would be used to serve humanity and would be properly maintained.