Some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the Monday Environmental Sanitation Group have constructed and commissioned a water borehole at Damgbam village in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello, while commissioning the borehole, said that his administration was grateful to the corps members for coming out to execute projects that would benefits FCT residents and indigent people in various communities.
Bello, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, FCT, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye expressed disappointment that there are still communities in the FCT that do not have access to portable water.
The minister said,“We in the FCT are preparing to launch what we call Community Development Programme. Very soon, we are going to have community development committees at the ward level, at the state level and at the Area Council level. Our aim is to encourage communities to engage in community development projects such as the project we are commissioning today.”
“Any community can come together, initiate a project and seek our assistance. This is how communities all over the world develop. I want to encourage communities in the FCT where there is no water, where there are no basic facilities to also encourage government by initiating projects that are useful to their communities. We all know the financial situation in the country today, government cannot do everything alone, that is why we appreciate this water project more. God will water the lives of those that have put water in this village and they will never lack in life,” the minister said.
The Coordinator of the Monday Environmental Sanitation CDS group, Barrister Eki Eboikponwen, explained that the group came collectively to execute the water project in the community because the community has only a stagnant stream as their only source of water which is dangerous to their health.
Vice President of the CDS group, Ms Sandra Ochiama, appealed to the government to come to aid of the community and other communities in the FCT to improve the living standard of the people.