ABUJA – The Green World Matters Limited, an NGO, on Tuesday donated 200 units of ceramic water filters to Kwalitta Village in the Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT to protect them from further drinking of contaminated water.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Group, Ms Ladi Faruk, while presenting the items, said the gesture was borne out of the desire to impact positively on needy communities.
“When our chairman saw a report on Channels TV about the water problem in Kwalitta community because X he suggested that we should come and help them because our company does water purification, environment cleaning, energy and waste management.”
She also demonstrated to the women in the community how to use the device properly.
Earlier, the Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Moses Aba, noted that the lack of proper environmental sanitation and hygiene was a major cause of water contamination in rural communities.
“This is why we cannot talk about having clean and safe water without reminding ourselves of sanitation and hygiene.
“Many deaths, particularly of age five and below, can be prevented, if we keep to the sanitation rules.
“ I wish to appeal to traditional and religious leaders to ensure community ownership of the facilities for lasting use.”
The NOA director commended the management of the NGO for the donation.
On his part, the Chairman, Gwagwalada Area Council, Mr Abubakar Jibrin-Giri, expressed the council`s appreciation for the gesture.
Jibrin-Giri, who was represented by the council`s Supervisory Counsellor for Education, Mr. Ishaq Kaura, said the council would send health officials to educate the community on the use of the equipment.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kwalitta community is located about 15 kms away from Gwagwalada with a population of approximately 3,500 people.
NAN also reports that the people are mostly farmers from Tiv, Bassa and Gbagyi ethnic groups. (NAN)
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