BY DAYO ADESULU
While it is widely believe that corps members find it difficult to cope financially during their service year due to inadequate allowance from the government, a couple of them are still seizing the opportunity to make positive impact in the community where they are serving as they often leave behind laudable projects which cost them pretty sum of money.
One of those corps members is Miss Julian Nnosiri. a graduate of Industrial Chemistry, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, who served in Kuka Community.
Nnosiri, during her personal Development Community Project sunk N700, 000 motorize borehole in Kuka Community that earned her Plateau State Governor honours award and Shendam Local Government award.
Speaking with Vanguard, Nnosiri said, when she arrived the community, she discovered that there was no drinkable water for them as many of the people were suffering from water borne diseases. “They were attacked by sicknesses such as typhoid, cholera, eczema and skin rashes due to lack of drinkable water,” she said.
Discovering this, she made up her mind to eradicate it by providing a source of portable drinking water to the people of Kuka. “Though a capital intensive project, I determined that if I could deny myself personal luxury to achieve this before the end of my service year, I will be fulfilled,” she added. She said: “Kuka Community is a rural community which lack social amenities such as electricity, pipe borne water as their major source of water is the river which most times are littered with faeces and spirogyra.
The people of the community who use the river water in washing their machines, clothes and plates also use same water for drinking and cooking!
One fateful day, I encountered a boy in the community that could not continue his education because he was plagued with a skin diseases to the point of death. At the sight of him and his helpless condition, I couldn’t drink the water in my cup anymore, The people of Kuka community are dying mainly of typhoid ad contaminated drinking water. All these led to my personal community development project on sinking a borehole for the community.