The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, recently revealed that more than 100,000 children under five years of age die each year in Nigeria due to water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, especially in rural communities.

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, recently revealed that more than 100,000 children under five years of age die each year in Nigeria due to water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, especially in rural communities.

Umiaghwa-Abraka Community in Ethiope East Local Government Area is a rural community in Delta State, whose source of drinking water were well and stream, which are unsafe.

Consequently, most residents have suffered from several ailments caused by water borne diseases and these ailments sometimes result in death of the victims.

The government took steps some years ago to solve this situation, by citing a water project at Odumere Quarter of the community, but the project though laudable, was abandoned.

The joy of residents knew no bound when an indigene of the community, Comrade Benjamin Edoja, decided to personally complete the water project.

Comrade Edoja said he completed the project to ameliorate the plight of his people and solve the problems associated with water borne diseases in the community. 

Some leaders of the community, including Chief Sunday Onoriode, its President General, Mr Felix Erimedafe, and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters, Mr Anthony Edafioghor, hailed Mr Edoja for the gesture and urged others to emulate him.       

They called on residents to maintain the project and appealed to governments at all levels to fastrack development in the community.



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