BENINâ€”TWENTY-TWO years after it last enjoyed pipe-borne water provided for it by the administration of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the old Western region, the Ewatto community in Esan South-East local government area of Edo State was weekend agog, as Governor Adams Oshiomhole commissioned five water projects donated to it by one of its illustrious sons, Chief Leemon Ikpea.
Commissioning the water projects, Oshiomhole said Chief Ikpea has proved many critics wrong that it was not possible to provide portable water by sinking boreholes to communities in Edo Central Senatorial District as a result of the topography of the area.
The governor said it was worthy of the donor to provide the community with the water facilities as a way of complementing governmentâ€™s effort.
Calling on other well to do indigenes of the state to emulate the donor in providing social amenities for their communities, Oshiomhole promised to fix the infrastructure facilities in communities across the state.
In his address, Chief Ikpea disclosed that he was challenged to embark on the projects because portable water has eluded the people of the community for a long time.
According to him, â€œthese projects, though little, are our own way of contributing to the overall development of the community in particular and that state in general.
â€œWe believe strongly that it will help our people in no small in tackling the problems associated with the no availability of portable drinking water in the community.
â€œI was challenged to embark on this critical project because for so long, our people have gone without pipe borne water. The one provided by the state government in the early 50s have broken down since 1977.
â€œFollowing this development, Ewatto people have been without portable water since then and all efforts to get the state government to fix the destroyed pipelines have been unheeded,â€
He called on the state government to provide medical personnel for the local health clinic as well as teachers for the public schools in the locality.