By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Latter Day Saint Charities Organisation (LDS) has intervened in acute water scarcity at Ugbegun and Efosa Communities in Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the religious group, yesterday donated five thousand liter- boreholes to the locality.
The project, which was executed and donated by the church in collaboration with Edo State Government for domestic use, followed years the communities had witnessed safe drinking water.
At the commissioning of the mult-million project, Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki was passionate about giving water to the rural dwellers and the state at large.
Obaseki who was represented by Engineer Emmanuel Ofoedu of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, appealed to the communities to imbibe the maintenance culture and appreciated the efforts of the group in providing a generator set to power the boreholes.
He added: “The community must ensure the project does not fail. With the generator provided by you, we are optimistic that you will uphold its values.
The spokesperson for the donors, Latter Day Saint Charities, Elder Max Reynolds said they aim to alleviate poor water conditions in Africa and fulfill the needs of the people.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Juliet Igabor who is a residence in one of the benefiting communities says; we are now happy that we will no longer search for water. She commended the goodwill of the donors.
The Secretary of Efosa Community, Aghahowa Obayuwana, said before now they had faced water scarcity while the paramount traditional ruler of Ugbegun Community in Esan Central Local Government Area, HRH Onojie Zarki Obade II, said his Community last received a similar intervention in 2014.