Rotary Club has donated a motorised and a hand pump boreholes to Gonin Gora community in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state to make potable water available to the people and keep away diseases.
The Rotary Club is also looking into a request made by the community for a school to enable their children have access to quality education.
The motorised borehole complete with two 1,000 litre-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 six rotary clubs in Kaduna to see how they are 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. 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 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 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 the North and Southwest apart from Lagos and Ogun states said.
The Chartered President of Rotary Club, Gonin Gora, Chief Godwin Odiakaose, in his remarks, said the generator would be kept at the village head’s house and must be used solely for the purpose of water, adding, “We urged the community to form a three-man committee to manage the water facilities.”
The Village Head of Buwaya, Mr Abashe Mudu, assured Rotary Club of security for the facilities, adding that, “we thank the Rotary Club for your intervention, we appreciate and are grateful for what you did for our community. We will take good care of the borehole and we will encourage our people to join Rotary Club so that we too can contribute to other people’s welfare, while improving our own”.
A chief in the village, Bawa Maaji, said he “never dreamt of having a borehole in the village, I never expected it. It is more surprising that it is not government property but built by you for the people. We want to assure you that we will maintain the facility well.”
The women leader, Madam Asumin Bawa, said that they hitherto depended on a well and stream both of which are located faraway for their water supply. “With the hand pump, we will get water to drink and it is close to our houses so we can have access to drinkable water anytime we like.”