South Sudan

Over 200,000 residents to get clean water in Morobo county

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February 24, 2016 (MOROBO) – At least 200,000 residents in Morobo county of South Sudan’s Yei River state could benefit from a clean underground water project to be launched within their territory, an area official told Sudan Tribune.

The county commissioner, Jacob Toti said the project started with five boreholes so far drilled and winds up by end of April this year.

“As I speak to you now, four boreholes have been drilled and the the deadline is on the 30th of April this year. And I need to thank our partners from East Africa who have shown commitment to improving the lives of the ordinary citizens here. I need to tell you that residents will soon drink clean water come April”, he said by phone Tuesday.

The project, Toti said, is being funded by a faith based entity in East Africa.

According to the commissioner, the project will benefit residents in all the five payams of the county with specific emphasis on the densely populated areas such as schools, churches and market centres.

He said the Bishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, Elias Taban was rehabilitating other 17 faulty boreholes to provide clean water.

According to the commissioner, the county authorities have prioritised agriculture, which it considers essential for fighting food insecurity in 2016.

“What is happening now, there is scarcity of food in the market. The number of people who consume food is more than the people who are producing. The most important thing I want to call from the people is the commitment and the zeal to support the agriculture sector so that we can be able to bridge the gap in our villages,” said the commissioner.

He further added, “I really want to ask our people to join hands in producing in bulk, export and feed other the states that are around us.”