July 02, (THEWILL) – A N4 million worth of motorised borehole has been donated to Obiontan community in Iwuru, Biase local government area of Cross River State.
The project is situated at the community town hall, by Lagos street, and is courtesy of Sermatech Nigeria Limited’s corporate social responsibility.
Reacting to the donation, the leaders of the community expressed appreciation and welcomed the project.
Chief Stephen Agbor, the Clan Head of Iwuru, said a major problem has been tackled in the community by the project.
In his words, “today the people of Iwuru are very happy because our problem is today tackled by this company.
“Each time there is explosives in line with quarry business in our area, we lack potable water for close to a week.
“From now, Sermatech construction company has come to quench our thirst and we are happy”, he said.
On his part, a community leader and retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chief Celestine Jacob, said many other communities like theirs cannot boast of such a project.
He, however, requested for another borehole at Okurike, to help tackle the huge water shortage in the area.
“Iwuru people are so kind, we will continue to back any company that is doing good things.
“It is God who has granted us this largesse, as many other communities cannot boast of this kind of benefit”, he said.
Community SecretaryCLO of Sermatech, Okewara Etan, affirmed that the motorised borehole project will go a long way to save the community members from waterborne diseases.
Site Manager, Engr Uche Emeka, on his part, said the project was executed according to approved specification irrespective of the cost implication.
Borehole engineer, Daniel Frank, of Dandrill Tech Nigeria Ltd, gave a breakdown of the project.
According to him, “The GP tank is 5,000 litres, the tank stand is 18 feet, while the depth of the borehole is 155 metres deep with two horsepower submersible pump.
“The borehole was treated twice after installation, has a generator house installed with protectors for the safety of the submersible pump, with a 4.0 KVA generating set, as well as three dispensable taps, the water is clean for human consumption”, he said.
While handing over the project to the community, representative of the construction giant Sermatech, Mr Ento Edako, thanked the community for the enabling environment created, which has helped them to engage in legitimate business.
He said the company has fulfilled its promise to the community and promised that more projects are coming from Sermatech in the near future.