In its bid to ameliorate the suffering of local residents in Gonin Gora, a fast growing community in Chickun local government area of Kaduna State, Rotary Club of Gonin Gora, had sank two boreholes in the area.
In Kaduna, several communities both old and emerging ones, don’t have access to public water, thereby making it a luxury even when the federal government had declared a state of emergency in water in the country.
The Rotary Club is also looking into a request made by the community for a primary school to enable their children have access to quality education and prevent them from accidents while crossing Kaduna-Abuja highway.
The motorised borehole complete with two 1,000lt water tanks, a generator and six pumps is expected to serve 3,500 people, while the hand pump is expected to serve 2,500 people within the Buwaya community of Gonin Gora.
Addressing the commissioning, the District Governor Rotary Club 9125 District, Abuja, Chief Elvis Chukwu, said the projects were conceived and delivered within five months after he visited the seven rotary clubs in Kaduna to see how they were faring and what could be done to improve on the lives of the people.
“We are here to commission the two water facilities built by Rotary Club in Gonin Gora. I visited Rotary Clubs in Kaduna and saw the zeal and passion exhibited by them. I asked what can be done to improve the lives of the people and we agree to give them water after we carried out need assessment. We applied for a grant through Rotary Foundation and we got approval which is why today there is water here.
“I want to impress it on the village head that the water facilities belong to the community. We have done our bit. We want you to take proper care of it. Nobody should misuse it. We cannot be coming here everyday to maintain them for you that is now your responsibility. We gave the water to you free, we want everybody to enjoy it free of charge.
“The community’s request for school building was vital. We can start a block of classrooms. We don’t make promise, whatever we want to do we will come and do it.
“We try to bridge the gap between government and the community people. We will go back to the drawing board I’m sure there would be good news for them,” the DG who covers 23 States said.
Sent by Ojo Shola