Despite the interventions by development partners like United Nations and recent declaration of emergency on water by Nigerian government, water remains a luxury in many communities in Nigeria.
One of such communities is called Ido-Ekiti in Ido/Osi local government area of Ekiti state, South-west Nigeria, where women and children have to trek kilometers in search of water.
Recently, a group known as Nigeria Rescue Platform (NRP) held its inaugural meeting in that local government which attracted the people of the host community who were very quick to use the opportunity to make a request for portable water within reach. That request was granted. A damaged borehole was fixed by NRP.
NRP is a movement that sees the need to rescue Nigeria and Africa
at large from years of neglect and misgovernance – with the target of making available what can be provided for the benefit of the masses (being the movement of the masses).
A member of the community, Mrs Modupe Dada, narrated the stress her children have been passing through since the borehole stop working long ago.
“I’m surprised when my children came back and started shouting “Mummy, they have brought water” that our water has being repaired. I was filled with joy because that means restoration of life in our area. Many thanks to NRP who made this happen,” she said.
Another member of the community, Mr Adeoti Femi, expressed gratitude, commending the movement for rescuing his people with one of the basic necessities of life.
To him, “this is commendable. I taught at first that it was done by the government. But, when I discovered it was a group called NRP, then I know there is hope for our country.”
The Conveyner of NRP, Oluwasegun M. Oladimeji popularly called Bethel Moseglad, said the movement is interested in touching lives by way of intervention where it can and educating local residents on how to make their demands known to their political officeholders.
According to him, the leadership of NRP in the LGA, Jimoh Habib Olasunkanmi, Famobi Qaseem and others, have taken it upon themselves to make life meaningful to people around them irrespective of their status – thereby making the world go round.
He then called on well meaning Nigerians within and outside the country to support the movement in any legitimate means they can so as to reach the vulnerable members of the society.