10,000 residents benefit from sustainable clean water in Enugu
By Ahmed Ahmed
Over 10, 000 residents benefit from sustainable clean water in Enugu state under the Replenish Africa Initiative(RAIN) of Coca-Cola’s response to the water crises communities across Africa.
Mrs Oluseyi Abdulmalik, WaterAid Nigeria’s Communications & Media Manager disclosed this in a statement made available to Newsmen in Bauchi on Friday.
“The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF), WaterAid Nigeria and the South Saharan Development Organisation (SSDO) joined the Enugu State Government in celebrating a nineteen-month project.
“That brought sustainable clean water and sanitation to over 10, 000 residents in and around Nsukka, Ezeagu, Uzo-Uwani, Isiuzo and Enugu South local government areas in Enugu State, under the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN).
The statement said RAIN launched in 2009, is Coca-Cola’s response to the water crises communities across Africa are facing. Adding that It will reach 6 million people across Africa with improved access to safe water by 2020.
The statement explained that the ceremony marked the completion of a NGN300 million project that improved the lives of poor people in under-resourced communities in Enugu State through the expansion of access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.
According to the statement,To help address some of these challenges, one motorised water scheme was constructed in Umuabor in Nsukka LGA.
“Five new boreholes equipped with hand pumps were constructed at Ugwuaji community, Enugu South LGA; 11 boreholes were rehabilitated with hand pumps in Isi-Uzo, Uzo-Uwani LGAs;
“One solar powered motorised borehole was rehabilitated in Ezeagu LGA in Enugu State,”it stated
The statement said Dr Evelyn Mere, Country Director of WaterAid said“WaterAid is proud to have been part of this project and the partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation.
“To transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised through improved access to sustainable clean water and sanitation.
“Access to water, sanitation and hygiene services are fundamental to improving lives, health, livelihoods, gender equality, education outcomes and for driving economic and sustainable development,”
it said on his part the statement said the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Hon. Anthony Dubem Onyia Jr said:“The State Ministry of Water Resources and by extension, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
“Appreciates The Coca-Cola Foundation’s flagship initiative and WaterAid for this project.
“The establishment of the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) in communities has put us on the right track to ensuring sustainable and inclusive sanitation for everyone.
It said Hon. Dubem assured that the State Ministry was committed to ensuring sustainable use and maintenance of the water schemes to the benefit of the host communities.”
It said, while speaking on The Coca Cola Foundation’s global commitment under its Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria.
“Said RAIN is The Coca-Cola Foundation’s flagship community programme contributing to helping Africa achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“On clean water and sanitation access (SDG 6). RAIN would have improved the lives of 6 million people in Nigeria and across Africa by the end of 2020.
” We are excited to be part of this and several partnership opportunities to deliver on this ambitious 10-year goal.
“At Coca-Cola, we believe access to sustainable water and sanitation is one of the hallmarks of community development and one that catalyzes sustainable enterprise development.
“Onyemelukwe said the imperative of health and wellness through improved hygiene cannot be over-emphasized in the era of COVID-19 pandemic. The statement conclude