Guinness Nigeria installs solar-powered drinking water facility in Benue community

Guinness Nigeria Plc said on Tuesday it has constructed a self-sustaining motorized solar-powered water facility in Tyowanye community in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State.

The company said it was done in furtherance of its continued commitment to interventions that transform lives and improve the health and well-being of communities in Nigeria under its Diageo Water of Life Scheme.

The Tyowanye Water scheme is one of three major water schemes the company has delivered this year, working with its NGO partner OXFAM and is the 35th project Guinness Nigeria has delivered under its Water of Life initiative.

Speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, revealed that Guinness Nigeria will continue to play a leading role to promote safe water stewardship in Nigeria. He noted that the company has been providing water stewardship since 2007, through the Diageo Water for Life programme, which has provided over 10 million people in 18 countries across Africa with access to potable water. In furtherance of the programme, Guinness Nigeria has prioritized interventions that improve access to safe water, especially in communities that face acute water shortage, he said.

L-R Executive Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, and Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria, Peter Ndegwa at the commissioning ceremony of a water project donated by Guinness Nigeria to the Tyowanye community in Benue state

L-R Executive Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, and Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria, Peter Ndegwa at the commissioning ceremony of a water project donated by Guinness Nigeria to the Tyowanye community in Benue state

We have invested in sustainable technologies that help us to manage our water use. The construction of the Tyowanye motorised solar-powered water scheme is in furtherance of our efforts to help more Nigerians access clean drinking water. Our desire is that by improving access to safe drinking water, we can assist the people of Tyowanye community improve their overall well-being”, Ndegwa said.

Also speaking at the event, the Governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom expressed his gratitude over the newly constructed water scheme. He stated that the water facility will support the State Government’s drive to improve health and hygiene for Benue state citizens, adding that “as we know, water is life, so he who brings water brings life. Guinness Nigeria has brought ‘life’ to this community through this project and we are very grateful for this intervention’’.

He urged the community to safeguard the investment and use it judiciously to ensure its continued sustainability. He also stated that the State Government would be happy to partner with Guinness Nigeria in the area of agriculture where the state, known as the food basket of the nation is able to provide all the agricultural inputs Guinness Nigeria requires in its operations.

The Tyowanye Water Scheme – which was formally unveiled by the Governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom and the Managing Director/CEO of Guinness Nigeria, Mr Peter Ndegwa, comprises of two solar-powered boreholes and two blocks of VIP toilets – will benefit over 10,000 people in and around the community.

Executive Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom drinking water as Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria, Peter Ndegwa looks on the commissioning ceremony of a water project donated by Guinness Nigeria to the Tyowanye community in Benue state

Executive Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom drinking water as Managing Director, Guinness Nigeria, Peter Ndegwa looks on the commissioning ceremony of a water project donated by Guinness Nigeria to the Tyowanye community in Benue state

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