By Murtala Muhammad
A Non-Governmental Organization, Victims Support Fund (VSF) has handed over a four thousand litre of Solar Powered Borehole each to three Secondary schools, selected from the three Senatorial Districts in Bauchi State as part of effort to complement government in addressing water challenges in the schools and to curb spread of Covid-19.
It has also donated to each of the schools four hand washing stations, two thousand pieces face Masks, 20 litres of hand sanitizer, one hundred and twenty bottles of five hundred mililitres liquid soap as well as five cartons of bleach.
The benefiting schools include Government Girls Secondary School, Kafin Madaki, Government Secondary School Toro and Government Girls Secondary School Yana,
The Chairperson, VSF Task Force on Covid-19, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji said the intervention was part of the organization’s third phase’s mandate to provide such in three selected schools in eighteen states across the six geo-political zones of the country aimed at extending hands of fellowship to the indigent.
“Water is very essential we want to help your school and help you (the girls, your teachers and every stakeholder around this environment) to be able to observe hygiene protocols during and beyond the pandemic”
Toyosi said Mrs. Akerele-Ogunsiji who noted that the solar Powered Boreholes would go a long way to address the water problems being experienced in the schools urged the students and teachers to utilize optimally the facilities provided for their own benefit and those to come in the next decades.
“We’re hopeful that this borehole facility would be useful for another 20 years if it’s properly maintained by the schools, and that’s the testimony to the critical thinking that we put into programme’s design and development at the Victims Support Fund” She added.
Receiving the facilities, the state Governor, Bala Mohammed expressed satisfaction over the VSF intervention and assured that the state government would maintain the facilities for the benefit of future generations.
“This is an addition to what the government is doing, we have boreholes in all our secondary schools and intervention such as this by VSF is a welcome development” he said.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Aliyu Usman Tilde, the Governor appreciated the Victims Support Fund for the gesture and urged other organizations to follow suit.
In a vote of thanks, the Head Girl of Government Girls Secondary School Kafin Madaki Aisha Kabir Idris who spoke on behalf of students of the benefitting schools assured to protect the facilities from vandalism.
The students sang a song of appreciation in honour of the VSF.