By Tony Edike
ENUGU-SIX rural communities in Enugu State have benefitted from the first phase of European Union and WaterAid Nigeria water projects valued at N686 million.
The projects are aimed at implementing the millennium development goals, MDGs.
The benefitting communities, selected from three local government areas of Nkanu East, Igbo-Etiti and Udenu, have no access to portable water as the inhabitants sourced water from caves, streams and rain water.
To save these communities from sanitary degradation and improve their hygienic condition, WaterAid, in collaboration with EU and Enugu State government, decided to provide them with motorized boreholes equipped with generators and overhead water tanks.
WaterAid Country Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Joe Lambongang, said during the official handing over of the water projects to the benefitting communities at Ozalla Uwelu in Igbo Etiti Local Government Area, that no fewer than 32,000 people would benefit from the water projects.
Lambongang, who was represented on the occasion by a director of WaterAid Nigeria, Mr. Ziyok Ishiaku, also disclosed that the water projects cost N686 million, with WaterAid alone contributing N176 million, while the other collaborators brought the balance.