Church sinks borehole for Remilekun community
THE Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Agape Model Sanctuary, Lagos, Province 49, has helped ease the stress of fetching water for the Remilekun community in Ikotun by providing potable water under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
The church sank a borehole for the community within the church premises to alleviate the plight of residents who travel far distance in search of potable water. The project was commissioned by the provincial pastor, Pastor Daniel Balogun.
The Assistant Provincial Pastor, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Pastor Adebiyi Olufemi, during the commissioning ceremony explained the rationale behind the project.
“From what we found out, people in this community cross the highway to fetch water on the other side of the road. So this parish decided to put a water system in place, so that instead of people crossing the ever busy main road and travelling a long distance to fetch water, they can fetch it in the neighbourhood,” he said. He noted that the project was also in fulfillment of one of the mandates of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, which is to impact on the communities where the parishes are located.
The Parish Pastor, Olushola Awoyemi, gave the assurance that the church would sustain the project by running on power generating sets.
He explained that the power generating sets would be powered during each weekly service to pump water and ensure regular flow.
“We are looking forward to when power will be stable in the country, when it will become a continous thing. But now, we are counting on our generator for its maintenance. We will not relent in maintaining the borehole, the tank and all amenities that will sustain the project.”
He also called on government to partner with churches in solving some communal problems facing communities. “The twin problem of health and education that face this country like in other parts of the world cannot be solved by government alone. Churches are active stakeholders in the development of local communities alone, and together with a shared vision of what God makes possible for us, we can meet those challenges.”
Ahmed Bello, Remilekun Street Youth Chairman, expressed his gratitude to the church for the initiative, on behalf of the community youths. “Having a borehole here is a thing of joy to us and we are excited about it. It will help reduce residents’ stress in fetching water,” he said.
Another resident, Mrs. Aro Adetola, said: “We have been using money to fetch water and once there is no power, there will be scarcity of water in the community, but with this borehole, our problem have been solved.”
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