NGO provides VIP toilets, wells for Plateau IDPs

The Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), an NGO of the Catholic archdiocese of Jos, has constructed 10 Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP), latrines and two wells for the internally displaced persons (IDPs), taking refuge at Ban community in Hiepang, Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau.

Presenting the keys of the facilities to the IDPs  Thursday, JDPC coordinator, Mrs Benedicta Daber, said  the gesture was in tune with its Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiative.

Daber said the gesture was prompted by the urge to improve sanitation and hygiene at the camp, and to also ease the sufferings of the IDPs in accessing potable water.

She stated that the gesture was facilitated by the Emergency Preparedness and Response Team (EPRT), department of the organisation with support from Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD).

Inaugurating the facilities, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, the Apostolic Administrator of the archdiocese, said the gesture was timely.

Represented by Rev Anthony Fom, a board member of JDPC, Kaigama commended the donors for the gesture, adding that it would further make the environment cleaner.

“What we are doing today is our own way of ameliorating your sufferings; we believe it will cushion the effects of the attacks that made you left your places of abode.

“We decided to make these facilities available to enable you promote sanitation and hygiene even as you temporarily stay here,” he said.

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