As part of the Water of Life Project, a corporate social responsibility initiative of Guinness Nigeria Plc, the company has commissioned an all-inclusive water scheme at Iperu-Remo in Ikenne-Remo Local Government of Ogun State. The company donated the facilities to the community to give the people access to safe water.
Water of Life projects were designed and are being donated by the company to give access to safe drinking water to one million Nigerians in various communities by the year 2011. The Iperu-Remo project is a complete mini waterworks of boreholes, overhead storage tank, water treatment plant, reticulation network and a standby power source.
Speaking dring the unveiling ceremony, Mr. Jamie Anderson, Commercial Director of Guinness, said that the provision of portable water is a key component of Guinness corporate citizenship agenda.
According to him, the Water of Life project is in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goal to halve by 2015 the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Anderson recalled that Guinness has so far provided water to over 900,000 Nigerians under its Water of Life programme adding that the Iperu Remo project will benefit about 50,000 people in the community.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development in Ogun State, Mr. Akogun Kola Onadipe, said that the project is a turning point in addressing the problem of portable water confronting rural dwellers in the state.
He said the commitment of Guinness in providing water for the community is in line with the stateâ€™s policy thrust on public and private sector partnership.
Appreciating the gesture of Guinness, Vice Chairman of Ikenne Local Government, Otunba Tiwalade Sobo and the Chairman of Iperu Community Development Association both pledged that Iperu people will ensure that the project is sustained and maintain by the people.