EU Donates Solar Power Borehole To A’Ibom Community


The European Union (EU) has donated a 24, 000-liter capacity solar borehole to Ikpe Usung Ita Community in Obot Akara Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking during the inauguration of the project in the community last Wednesday, the European Union’s representative, Mr Kurt Cornelis, urged the people of the community to sustain the projects.
According to him, the projects will go a long way toward improving their living standard.
Cornelis commended the state government for the effort it made to ensure the completion of the project.
He said that the other projects of two unit five-compartment “pour flush’’ toilet and small town water works at Nto Edino community would soon be completed.
“I also want to commend the state government for playing a vital role in ensuring that the development projects are completed.
“I want to urge the people to maintain the facilities so that more development can come to the state,’’ he said.
Inaugurating the project, the state’s governor, Udom Emmanuel, charged the community to uphold good hygiene to reduce the prevalence of water-borne disease in the state.
Emmanuel disclosed that the development projects, which were executed in collaboration with the state government, would assuage the suffering of communities lacking clean and safe water.
He averred that untreated water had led to the death of children and adults in rural communities.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo, appealed to the European Union and UNICEF to extend the Niger Delta Support Programme by two years.
According to him, the extension will ensure that more development projects are implemented in other parts of the state.
“I want to give the assurance that Akwa Ibom  government will continue to sustain the collaboration with EU and UNICEF. This portable water projects would ensure a good hygiene for our children.
“I want to appeal to  this community to sustain the project as it will be beneficial to the people and will encourage the support group to bring more developmental projects to the state,” Emmanuel said.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the