NIGERIA – Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc, has partnered the WaterAid, international non-profit organization, to facilitate the implementation of the ‘Water of Life’ project in Nigeria.

The ‘Water of Life’ project aims at promoting sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene, while helping people take action to improve their health and well-being, reports Beverage Industry News.

The project, implemented in Kebbi State in collaboration with the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), will connect an estimated 2,500 people to clean accessible water while at the same time strengthening their capacity.

Speaking during the commissioning of the project, Demmo Ibrahim from Guinness Nigeria said that the project reaffirms the firm’s commitment in promoting the achievement of the UN Sustainable development Goal (SDG) 6 -which focuses on clean water and sanitation.

“Guinness Nigeria has established several water schemes under the Diageo Africa Water of Life programme, a project that provides access to clean drinking water and socio-economic development.

We believe that water is a basic human right and our commitment remains unwavering in ensuring that people in underserved communities continue to have access to clean water,” he said.

Gerald Ogoko, Co-ordinator Strategic Partnership and Grant Management WaterAid, hailed the continuous support of its partner Diageo Plc. in promoting accessibility to clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene.

“Diageo Plc. through their ‘Water of Life’ project continues to extend sustainable water services to hard to reach communities and marginalised members of the society.

At WaterAid, equity and inclusion is a fundamental guiding principle in our effort to deliver clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

We are therefore excited at the opportunity to be part of the commissioning of this water facility provided to the people of D’Ka community with support from Diageo Plc,” said Mr Ogoko.

Through the ‘Water of Life’ scheme as Guinness Nigeria’s flagship sustainable development programme, Guinness Nigeria has provided safe drinking water to over 2 million Nigerians through approximately 22 water schemes across the country.

The WaterAid has also worked in the country through partnerships with the government and various organisation in promoting its agenda.

Water aid seeks to ensure sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene as well as enhancing and strengthening local capacity to adequately provide quality technical assistance for water, sanitation and hygiene delivery and development communities.