Today, the charitable organization Transfer of Appropriate Sustainable Technology and Expertise (TASTE) officially commissioned a motorized solar-powered borehole at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Plateau State Chapter Secretariat in Jos.
The borehole was generously donated to the NUJ Plateau State Chapter by TASTE Nigeria, with support from Dan Walker, a UK Patron of TASTE, as the initiative aims to provide a reliable source of water for the NUJ Secretariat and benefit the surrounding community.
The newly commissioned borehole comes equipped with two 5,000-liter PVC tanks, providing a total capacity of 10,000 liters. The water supply has been reticulated both within and outside the Secretariat, ensuring accessibility for journalists and visitors.
During the commissioning ceremony held on June 21st, Mr. Ben Odejiofor, CEO of TASTE, expressed his appreciation to Dan Walker for his support and described him as a dedicated journalist and TV presenter in the United Kingdom who has used his platform to champion laudable initiatives and raise funds for such projects.
Mr. Odejiofor extended his gratitude to all those involved in the project and commended journalists for their crucial role in informing and educating the public. He emphasized the importance of truth, integrity, and honesty in journalism, stating, “The pen is mightier than the sword, and in this present day, the keyboard is mightier than the Kalashnikov. We look to you, journalists, for truth and justice.”
In response, Mr. Paul Jatau, Chairman of the NUJ Plateau State Chapter, expressed his heartfelt appreciation to TASTE for addressing one of the pressing challenges faced by the NUJ Secretariat. He noted that the provision of the borehole was particularly significant as it would also benefit the wider community, emphasizing the humanitarian impact of such initiatives.
The commissioning of the solar-powered borehole marks a significant step towards ensuring a reliable water supply at the NUJ Plateau State Chapter Secretariat, supporting the work of journalists and promoting sustainable development within the community.