The Nigeria National Polio Plus Committee (NNPPC) of the Rotary Club has donated a N7 million solar-powered borehole to Daki Biyu community of Jabi District in Abuja.
Commissioning the project last Wednesday, the Chairman, Rotary’s International Polio Plus Committee (IPPC), Rotarian Michael McGovern said the project serves as motivation for the
Community in the polio immunization exercise being supported globally by Rotary International.
The community where the project is situated near the city centre was adopted by the Rotary Club of Abuja – Utako. Mr McGovern said it is a gift from the Rotary International in support of polio eradication through the NNPPC.
He said, “I am very happy to be here in this village representing Rotarians around the world to provide clean water. Rotary has been working to eradicate polio and one of the ways the disease comes is from drinking water,” he said.
Chairman of the NNPPC, Dr. Tunji Funsho said the community had initially a stream water source and then buy a 20 litre of water for N100 which is not enough for a family. This was a reason for choosing the community, he said.
“Because it is a solar-powered borehole that does not require any other electricity, it costs about N7 million. We do our projects according to the needs of the community,” he noted.
The Community Chief, Esu Isiaku Lamishi, ‘Dakacin Daki Biyu’ lauded the project noting that rather than giving water to strangers as their tradition demands, they have seen strangers giving them water sources through the Rotary Club.
“Although we did not use our money to build it but I understand the effort put into. I assure you that I know how we will maintain the facility that it will last for over 100 years,” he said.