NSE inaugurates a borehole in the rural community of Lagos
The Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has opened a borehole in a rural community market in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Lagos State.
Newly elected president Femi Adedotun said at the inauguration of the rehabilitated borehole at the state-of-the-art Ishaga market on Tuesday that the project was part of the company’s community development initiatives.
She said it was part of initiatives to ensure access to water in some communities.
Adedotun, represented by his deputy, Nimot Muili, said access to clean water is a necessity for a healthy life and environment.
He said NSE decided to rehabilitate the abandoned borehole to ensure the safety of traders.
“We thank you (the traders) and we will see how to work with you to ensure that there is always water in this market,” he said.
Responding to the demand from traders, Adedotun assured that the NSE would facilitate the supply of prepaid meters for borehole and shops.
He said it would also solve problems with estimating invoices sent on the borehole during the years it was abandoned.
Association of Professional Women Engineers (APWEN) Vice President Atinuke Owolabi said the NSE, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 6, is using drilling as a pilot to provide water to rural communities.
Owolabi, a member of the Ikeja NSE, said the branch will soon rehabilitate another abandoned solar borehole in the market.
She said this would later extend access to clean water to other communities in Ikeja and Agege local governments.
The engineer said the solar powered borehole project installed in the market in 2020 did not serve traders until six months before it was packaged.
“We at Ikeja NSE are doing our part to achieve SDG 6, which is to ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
“We are not going to stop at this borehole, but we will rehabilitate more.
“There are several abandoned projects in Lagos and the engineers are saying why abandon projects when we can fix them?
“Instead of starting new ones, we are going to fix them.
“COVID-19 has further shown us the need to vigorously pursue SDG 6 for access to clean running water, these butchers and other traders can now wash their slaughter slabs and keep the market clean to prevent the ‘epidemic,’ she said.
A former Ikeja NSE chairman, Akintayo Akintola, who also spoke Yoruba, urged traders to take ownership of the project.
“If we take care of this facility, it will be to your advantage. We should take care of this drilling the same way we take care of our stores,” he said.
Special Advisor, Trade and Market Development, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Kujembola Olalekan, thanked the NSE for reviving the project, which was built about 11 years ago.
He said the borehole had been operational for about eight years and operated until 2020.
Inaugurating the project, Adebo Kayode, Councilor of Ward E, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, emphasized the importance of access to clean water for human existence.
Kayode thanked NSE and gave a brief history of the rehabilitated borehole which was constructed years ago by a former chairman of the board.
Earlier, Alhaji Arishekola Akinbode, the Baba Oja (Male Market Leader), said that the project would have a positive impact on the market and the whole community.
“People from the community came to fetch water here before the borehole broke down.
“Traders in this market started buying water from vendors before this rehabilitation project.
“Our butchers can now use as much water as they need now, instead of dealing with expensive vendor water,” he said.
Taibat Rasak, Assistant Female Market Leader, who represented the Iya Oja (Female Market Leader) thanked NSE and asked them to provide a generator for the borehole.
Rasak said the market sometimes faces an entire week of power outages and called on the government to support resolving power supply issues.
The president of the Iju Ishaga ultra-modern market butchers association, Jamiu Aderinoye, also thanked the engineers.
He joined other merchants in appealing to both the state and federal governments to resolve electricity and estimated billing issues affecting businesses.