The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Maitama branch, celebrated the World Water Day 2016 by bringing a new lease of life to Gudilah Community, Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, by donating a borehole to the community at a well attended event within the community on March 26 2016.
Speaking at the commissioning of the borehole, Engr Israel Abraham, MNSE, Chairman, NSE, Maitama branch said that the branch is interested in giving back to the society at this auspicious time when the World Water Day is being celebrated across the globe.
In his words, ‘The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Maitama branch decided to donate this borehole to this community to mark the 2016 World Water Day. We discovered that there was no access to quality water and this is one of the necessities of life and not a luxury. We are poised to give hope to people across various strata of life’.
While appreciating all Engineers who supported the vision, Engr Michael Uba, MNSE, Project Co-ordinator said, ‘the feat was only achievable through the collective effort of all the members of the Maitama branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.’
The Sarki Gulidah, Sarki S. Abubakar, Dogan Payi Village, was full of life as he acknowledged the contribution of the NSE to his community. He said, Our wives and daughters have been going to fetch water from the river- we cook, bath and drink this water. We have seen this type of facility in other places but we have no access to it until these God-sent Engineers brought it here. We would protect it and show it to many generations of children born into this community.’
The World Water Day is celebrated to show the importance of water on the globe. The theme for this year is Water and Jobs (“Better water, better jobs”) – This shows the correlations between water and jobs created either directly or indirectly by water sources on the globe. As water scarcity worsens around the globe, industries heavily dependent on water like textiles and agriculture are at risk of increased costs, which can then get passed to the consumers.