Wole Ayodele in Jalingo
The Victim Support Fund (VSF) Task Force on Covid-19, on Friday handed over three Solar boreholes to three selected schools spread across the three senatorial districts of Taraba State.
Also presented to the schools are four hand wash stations, 2000 pieces of reusable facemasks, five pieces of four litre hand sanitisers and 120 bottles of 500ml liquid hand wash as well as five cartons of bleach.
The three beneficiary schools in Taraba are Government Day Secondary School, Jauro Yino in Ardo-Kola Local Government, Government Secondary School Wukari and Government Commercial Secondary School, Takum.
Presenting the items at Government Secondary School Takum, Chairperson of the fund, Mrs Toyosi Akerele- Ogunsiji said the donation was aimed at improving sanitation and hygiene services in schools and communities across the state to check the spread of COVID-19.
She explained that the VSF Taskforce has so far handed over Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities to 54 schools in 18 states across the six geo-political zones of the country.
She further revealed that the task force had also successfully distributed food, medical consumables and personal protective equipment (PPE’s) to 19 states across the country.
“Today, we are donating 4,000 litres capacity of water facility and four foot pedal hand washing machines, 2000 reusable face masks, liquid soap, hand sanitisers among others in each of the three schools across the state.
“The aim is to support gradual reopening of schools in Taraba State and to support our children and teachers in good hygiene practices that will out-live the life span of the pandemic.
“I want to call on the Chairman and the school authority to reticulate the water around communities in the school so that people in the neighbourhood can benefit from the water project,” she said.
Expressing the state’s gratitude for the gesture, Governor Darius Ishaku thanked the VSF for the donation and other support the state has received from them since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Ishaku, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Innocent Vakkai, enjoined the management of the benefiting schools, students and people living in communities around the schools to protect the facilities and ensure they are put to good use. Also speaking on the occasion, the Executive Director of VSF, Prof Nana Tanko told the benefiting schools that the Chairman of VSF, retired Gen Theophilus Danjuma was committed to ensuring their safety from the pandemic.