Eni, in collaboration with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), has commissioned 11 solar-powered water schemes in North-East Nigeria.
The integrated water schemes – comprised of boreholes, solar power systems, treatment facilities and fetching points – provide water for domestic consumption and irrigation purposes. They were constructed under the framework of the “Access to Water” initiative. This public-private partnership leverages the skills and know-how of the public and private sectors to improve access to water for the communities affected by the humanitarian crisis in the North East.
The FAO country representative in Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Fred Kafeero, while stressing the importance of the 11 facilities as they were handed over to the authorities of Borno and Yobe States said: “The solar boreholes and FAO’s larger investment in irrigation and water management is a signal of our commitment to support the government of Nigeria achieve its development goals. In the northeast, the availability of safe drinking water and water for agriculture is central to growth and livelihood recovery.”
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