Anthony Anyalewechi, Yenagoa:

The United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has embarked on rural tour to selected communities in the Bayelsa State, in a bid to ensure safe drinking water and to ascertain if the level of compliance by water producers conforms to UNICEF prescriptions on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme that is being implemented in the state.

 Okoloba community in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of the state is one of the beneficiaries of the programme. Chief Imomotimi Angaye, the head of one of the families in the community and Mrs. Wonyingi emomotimi said that before the intervention of UNICEF, they were drinking water from a stagnant lake in the community which exposed their children to diseases such as diarrhea and typhoid.

Chief Angaye further explained that with the new constructed BIOSAND filter, the entire households in the community can now have access to safe drinking water. He thanked EU/UNICEF through the WASH unit for bringing the affordable locally constructed means of having access to safe drinking water which is comparable to sealed and bottled water.

The Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the WASH unit of KOLGA, Mr. Kelly Odoni said that the construction of the BIOSAND filter just needed a bucket that can contain 100 litres of water and two perforated covers on them for safe usage.

He advised that water should be poured through the perforated cover so as to make it fall slowly like rain and avoid scattering of the settled arrangement of sand below the containers, urging the beneficiaries to make good use of the gesture from the United Nations body.