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By Felix Uka/Abakaliki
The importance of water to living creatures cannot be over-emphasised. Water supply is a fundamental human need, more basic to life than clothing and shelter as living things cannot survive without water.
In line with this, every government worth its salt tries to ensure that it provides potable water supply to its citizenry.
To bridge this gap of providing clean, drinkable water for its people, the leadership of Aninri Local Government Area, Enugu State recently procured five water tankers to serve the area.
Speaking at the council headquarters during the second Aninri Local Governance and Security Forum held in conjunction with Cleen Foundation, a non-governmental organization, Mr Chidi Ekwe, the council Vice-chairman, said that the procurement of the water tankers is to check the incessant outbreak of water-borne diseases such as cholera in the area.
“The five communities in the council will get one tanker each as it is a known fact that the topography of the area doesn’t guarantee the tapping of good source of water supply.”
In some rural areas, the inhabitants readily make use of water in the streams and rivers for their domestic and other needs.
Rainfall is an equally popular source, as is the dependence on sachet water. But with the procurement of water tankers, clearly it would ease water supply in the area and ensure residents of the state get clean drinkable water.
Meanwhile, though health translates to wealth as the adage goes, security is also vital for a prosperous community or nation.
Hence, the local council area has gone ahead to procure two Hilux vans for security agencies in the area to combat the menace of insecurity.
According to the Vice Chairman, Mr Chidi Ekwe, the move was long overdue and necessary. According to him, it was to assist security agencies in the area tackle incidences of crime, especially being a border area.
“We recognize the fact that we are a border area to several parts of neigbouring states of Ebonyi and Abia, so we are stepping up efforts to check crime arising from this development.”
He, however, called on the people to continue supporting the leadership of the council, assist security agencies in maintaining peace and also urged them to help in maintaining existing amenities at their disposal.
“Despite our lean resources, the council has recorded giant strides in its one year and two months of existence with the grading of several rural roads and enhancement of the healthy sector among others,” he informed.
Mr Bennett Igbokwe, the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) in the area said that the police have intensified efforts to rid the area of crime.
“During the last yuletide, there was no reported major crime incident as the police, proactively, with the collaboration of the people and local vigilante group, ensured a hitch-free celebration.”
He commended the council leadership for constructing police outposts in the area and other necessary facilities to work with, but appealed for the support of the people so criminality and crime could be tackled to the barest minimum.
“I call on the people to provide us with relevant information to curb crime and in cases where they can not reach us, they should give such information to the vigilante group which is our eye in the communities.”
Mr Ifeanyi Anyanwu, Cleen’s South East Coordinator noted that the essence of the forum was to use the rights-based approach in enhancing the relationship between leaders and followers.
“This is the second time we are holding the forum at Aninri Local Government Area, alongside Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi and Aboh-Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo states; they are our focal points in the south-east zone.”
Mr Levi Chukwu, a participant at the forum, commended the organizers for the forum and noted that it would contribute in enhancing security in the area.