In an attempt to fight health diseases such as Diphtheria and guinea worm, which have ravaged seven communities in Ibadan, Oyo State, Rotary International District 9125 has come to their rescue with the provision of potable water supply. The donation by the international aid organization was part of efforts to reduce the hardship faced by the members of the communities in getting potable water. Before the donation, the inhabitants of the affected communities had to get water from a far away river.
President, Rotary Club District 9125 of Akobo, Ibadan, Rotarian Segun Akanbi who commissioned the motorized pump water at Olajuwon village, Akinyele Local Government Area of the state, said the gesture was part of efforts to complement government efforts in providing basic amenities to the villagers.
Akanbi added that the hardship being faced by the communities as well as the menace of infectious diseases such as diphtheria and guinea worm which had become rampant among the people were of grave concern to the organization, which necessitated the donation.
Akanbi further advocated that the government alone cannot solve the problems of the communities, that plans are on the way to complete such other projects like health facilities, maternity centres among others. According to Akanbi:
“This gesture is part of efforts to reduce the hardship being faced by the villagers in trying to get portable water. We are aware that the lack of portable water has caused the villagers many problems like guinea worm, bacteria and other diseases
The project is a good ideal and we want the community to have a sense of ownership by taking care of the maintenance. Government alone cannot do everything for the communities and that is why we are doing this and informing the communities too. We have many projects on hand such as health centers and maternity homes for other villages like this.”
Also speaking at the event, the director of Community Service for the Akobo Rotary Club, Rotarian Latifat Dairo said the ultimate plan was to make the people joyful and put smiles on the faces of the people.
A community leader who spoke on behalf of the benefiting villages, Pastor Olumide Popoola expressed appreciation of the communities to the donor, noting that the communities have relied on the rivers for portable water for about 20 years.
He expressed confidence that the facility would go a long way in helping reduce the scourge of water-related diseases among the benefitting communities.