In his continuous strides towards positively touching the lives of his constituents, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas has again commissioned motorized boreholes fitted with solar panels in some communities of his constituency.
Namdas who is representing Ganye, Jada, Tongo, and Mayo-Belwa at the House of Representatives had Tuesday visited Mentani, Gamu, Sangasumi, and Binyeri communities in his constituency to commission the boreholes.
The governorship hopeful for the 2023 elections said the project is aimed at ensuring rural dwellers get portable water which he believes will reduce the reoccurrence of water-borne diseases in the communities.
He said the affected communities have been in dire need of clean and potable water and that is why as a member of the House of Representatives committee on water resources, he decided to lobby for the boreholes to be built in those communities.
“We have decided to choose areas that have problems with getting clean and portable water and so the location is vital. You could bring water to the community that already has water, that wouldn’t make sense, and that is why we take it to places where they so desire to have water. At the commissioning, the people were happy that we have been able to bring clean and portable water to their areas. We have intervened in so many things. I brought a school to those communities and many other things. This is the interventions that we should be doing as members of the national assembly to attract projects to our constituencies.” The lawmaker said.
The project is under the COVID-19 WASH program of the federal ministry of water resources which involves drilling of boreholes in rural communities across the country to mitigate the spread of the dreaded coronavirus by providing clean and potable water as well as encourage the culture of regular hand washing.
Namdas while appreciating the federal ministry of water resources for their swift response and timely completion of the project, called on his constituents to take responsibility by maintaining the boreholes and ensuring they are in good shape for the benefit of all.
“The COVID-19 WASH program is a very good intervention. I just hope that my people will make very good use of them. It’s not just about drilling boreholes, it is also about maintenance and we have pleaded with members of the communities to take responsibility and maintain them as their personal property,” he added.
A representative of the federal ministry of water resources, Galadima Abubakar who witnessed the commissioning and hand over the projects to the lawmaker and the community said the ministry made a need assessment and found the communities worthy of the project before they mobilized to the sites. He said he is happy that the contractor worked within the stipulated time while describing the projects as satisfactory.
“The project is an intervention in response to COVID-19 which has a three months grace and it is carried out across the federation. The aim is to provide clean water to the rural dwellers and we are happy that the aim has been achieved and the projects have been successfully handed over to the communities,” Galadima said.
The woman leader in one of the benefiting communities, Patience B. Yara narrates how they used to trek two kilometers to fetch water from the stream while recounting the health challenges that it has posed on the community over the years. But Patience said she is happy that they now have clean and potable water at their doorsteps courtesy of Hon. Namdas.
“We used to travel more than 2km to get water from the stream. But now that Namdas has brought this to us, we are already enjoying and we are grateful to him. To will stop us from getting waterborne diseases like typhoid and the rest,” she said.
Other members of the benefiting communities also applaud members for his foresight and strides towards bringing developmental projects to his constituency.