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The people of Eseku community in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State will no longer wake very early in the morning to trek to streams in distance communities in order to fetch water for their daily use.
Few days ago the Imah Nsah Adegoke Foundation sunk and commissioned a borehole for the people of this community, which is a stone throw from Creek Town where the early Scottish missionaries first set their feet on Niherian soil, and which also borders the state deputy governor’s village.
Commending the Foundation, sponsored by Mrs Imah Adegoke, Labour Party governoship candidate in last year’s election, Village head of Eseku Ikot Mbukpa, Ndabo Essien Eyo Mbukpa said the borehole is now a very big relief to his people.
“Today is indeed a day of joy for the people of Eseku. For about 50 years my people have suffered for lack of water. Like in those days, our children and women have to wake very early at about 3am to begin the long trek of more than 40 kilometers inside this interior bush path to go and fetch water. It becomes particularly difficult in dry season”, he said
He said having been relieved of such ordeal, he would ensure that the borehole is judiciously maintained in order to guarantee their water supply.
The youth leader of the community, Elder Etim Nyong said their aged mothers and school children would now have time to sleep well and concentrate on other issues, including their school assignments, instead of waking so early to go in search of water at far flung places.
He also assured that the youth in the village would come together to secure the borehole.
90 year Chief Ekpenyong recalled that since the muddy stream the village used to rely on dried up nearly 50 years ago, all they had to do even during his time as a young man was to trek very long distance to fetch water. Unfortunately their children and grand children have come to experience what they used to go through.
“I am personally very happy that this borehole project will truly help us in this village. At least, the long trek and having to wake up by 3am will stop. This is what the government ought to have done for us, but see what a woman, a house wife , our daughter from next village of Adak Uko, has come to do for us, not minding that she has been married away to a Yoruba man”, he said.
An elderly woman, Madam Atim Nyong pleaded that the water should not be sold to them.
Reacting sharply to the announcement that the water from the borehole would be sold and proceeds used to maintain the electricity generating plant and the borehole itself, Mrs Adegoke cautioned that such idea should be rescinded.
“I plead with you all that nobody should sell this water. I have provided much quantity of fuel but anybody that is touched can usually volunteer to buy fuel or such things to maintain this borehole. Water is free from God. God gave me the fund for this project. And so I would be happier that people are allowed to benefit from this water freely”.
She said that the project has no political colouration, adding “I am not after your votes but much after cushioning effects of harsh realities, giving succour and relief to the people.
“I decided to embark on this project because I was really touched by the plight of the people. That was why after my earlier visit last year, I had to send a team to study how best I could really come in.”
Mrs Adegoke whose foundation has care and support programmes for widows in the state, pleaded with the authorities to think more about impacting lives of the rural dwellers instead of lavishing national resources on urban projects that have little relevance to lives of the real people.