WaterAid Chief Executive commissions 'Water of Life' project in Bauchi

The new project in Bauchi State will improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene services for nearly 20,000 people.

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26 Sep 2016 | Bauchi State, Nigeria

In August 2016, WaterAid Nigeria were joined by WaterAid International's Chief Executive, Barbara Frost, and delegates from the International Directors Team, to commission the 'Water of Life' project in Bauchi State. 

WaterAid Chief Executive, Barbara Frost, cuts the tape at the WaterAid Nigeria / Guinness Nigeria Water of Life project commissioning.
WaterAid Chief Executive, Barbara Frost, cuts the tape at the WaterAid Nigeria/Guinness Nigeria 'Water of Life' project commissioning.

The 'Water of Life' project is one of several endeavours led by WaterAid Nigeria to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for some of the poorest and most marginalised people in Nigeria.

As a result of the project, four life-changing facilities have been established in the community of Gwam, Bauchi State: two solar-powered water schemes and two blocks of institutional latrines. All the facilities were constructed by WaterAid Nigeria in partnership with the local government, and with funding support from Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo.

The facilities will improve access to WASH services for nearly 20,000 people in the community, and help improve their lives and general well-being, as well as contributing to the development of Bauchi State. According to Nigeria's Bureau of Statistics, Bauchi State is currently the eighth poorest state in Nigeria, a country with 36 states and a Federal Capital Territory.

WaterAid International's Chief Executive, Barbara Frost, visited WaterAid Nigeria in August 2016 to commission the project, together with the charity's Head of Region for West Africa, Mariane Dem, and members of the International Directors Team.

The visiting delegates also travelled to Ganjuwa local government in Bauchi State, where WaterAid Nigeria is implementing the HSBC Water Programme (HWP). The programme aimed at improving the economic situation and livelihoods of communities and families through improved access to WASH.


Young girls at Kafin Liman community in Ganjuwa local government of Bauchi State where WaterAid is implementing the HSBC Water Programme.
Young girls at Kafin Liman community in Ganjuwa, Bauchi State, where WaterAid is implementing the HSBC Water Programme.

WaterAid Nigeria Country Director, Dr Michael Ojo, said 'Water of Life' will make a big difference to Bauchi State: “The project, which will also train artisans on the operation and maintenance of WASH facilities, will go a long way in improving the lives of community members in terms of better livelihoods, and improved health, education and menstrual management, and also take us a step towards achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”