“We have never had this so good since we have been benefiting from interventions in our community! Those were the words of the Ward head of Wailare in Pariya community of Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa state Mallam Bakari, While reacting to the newly constructed fully automated solar-powered borehole in his community by the World Bank-funded ACReSAL project in Adamawa state with support from the Adamawa state government.
The facility (same in 5 other locations) boasts of a 20,000 litre capacity elevated storage tanks with two fetching points of taps reticulated 100 meters apart to give access to more beneficiaries.
“Apart from providing water for our families, ACReSAL, the World Bank and Adamawa State government has also given us the best-tasting water. Communities from afar now troop here to access potable drinking water” Mallam Bakari enthused during a visit by the project team led by Engineer Tijjani Ahmed Abubakar to assess the quality of work done by the contractors.
The State Coordinator, Adamawa State Project Management Unit of ACReSAL Dr Ibrahim Chinda said the 6-year project is to build resilience for beneficiaries in the face of the negative effects of climate change. “As part of its component B which is for livelihood support, the World Bank ACReSAL in the state is providing boreholes to benefit a minimum of 18,000 people in 6 communities across Adamawa”
The World Bank Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project is being implemented in all 19 states in Northern Nigeria and the FCT and the Adamawa team led by Dr Chinda has hit the ground running even before the project is officially launched in the state.
Charles Gang Doke, Adamawa ACReSAL Communication Specialist writes from Yola, Adamawa state capital.