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Grand Oak Donates Boreholes To Communities

Posted: Mar 13, 2016 at 9:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Saheed Bakare, Lagos

Grand Oak Limited, makers of Seamann Schnapps, in partnership with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, has donated boreholes to ensure safe drinking water to several communities in Nigeria. This initiative was carried out last year by both companies.

The communities were Anambah West LG of Anambah State, Tara LG of Benue State, Obanliku LG of Cross-River State and Ekiti West LG of Ekiti State. A total of 40 hand pumps were given out as each community was provided with 10 hand pumps.

These hand pumps were handed over to the benefiting communities to manage through their own resources by building capacity at the community level with support from State and respective Local Governments. Sanitation and hygiene practices were also promoted in these communities.

In each of LGAs, one Technical Officer with expertise in repair and maintenance of hand pump boreholes and community sensitization skills were positioned for a period of one year. He coordinated with the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committees (WASHCOMs) in the communities and developed capacity of the communities by training them in preventive maintenance, environmental sanitation and promotion of hygienic practices within the communities.

According to Grand Oak Limited, the objective of this project was to provide safe drinking water to the various communities within 250 meters from their habitations while ensuring availability of an adequate supply of spare-parts and tools at community level.

“Since the handover is complete, we intend to do periodic checks and follow-ups to ensure the water remains safe for drinking.  We would do this by conducting half-yearly bacteriological and pathological analysis of the water focal sources,” said Linda Temienor, Media and Market Research Manager, Grand Oak Limited.

A single water source is expected to serve between 250 and 1,200 persons. However, coverage of population per hand-pump varies from state to state. On the average, each hand pump serves over 500 persons.

In Ekiti State, 10 hand-pump boreholes were given to communities like Aramoko, Alafe Village, Ido-ile Ekiti and Ikogosi.

In Anambra State; Eke Umuotianya, and Oda and seven others were the communities that were given 10 hand pumps.

In Benue State, 10 hand pump boreholes were given to communities like Nguhar Yake, Akoodo Village, Aboho Village – Market Square, Tse Adi, Tyongi Market and Lgea Tyam.

While Omale, Kakwe, Akorshi, Bayaga and Busil Etsong were some of the communities that received the 10 hand pumps in Cross-Rivers State.