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FOMWAN, SOJ sink boreholes to mark World Water Day

By Shakirah Adunola
25 March 2022   |   2:47 am
The Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Sisters of Jannah (SOJ) have sunk boreholes and wells across the country to ensure people have access to clean water

The Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Sisters of Jannah (SOJ) have sunk boreholes and wells across the country to ensure people have access to clean water

A charitable act in Islam, the gesture was to commemorate the World Water Day. FOMWAN sunk 12 boreholes across Lagos and in other state across the federation including Abuja. SOJ on its part sunk 20 wells across Nigeria.

Areas in Lagos State that benefited from FOMWAN Water Projects projects are: Makoko, Orile iganmu, Olohunda LCDA, Alimosho, Ojo, Badagry and Ibeju Lekki.

In a media briefing to commemorate the day, the Chairperson, FOMWAN National Committee on Community Development and Humanitarian Services, Alhaja Khairat Oluwatoyin Sodique, said the Water Day celebration has been on since 1983 but the association joined the celebration in 2021.

“One of the core humanitarian services of FOMWAN is developing communities. We provide communities with their essential needs and one of them is provision of water. This project is one of our community development and humanitarian services of FOMWAN and it involves the national, state and local government of the association.

She added that to encourage the philanthropic gesture a trophy, titled Aisha Lemu Cup is usually given to the state that sank, the highest number of boreholes. “In 2021, the trophy was awarded to Lagos state. The state also won the best state in community development and humanitarian services.

Sodique said the theme of this year’s Water Day is ‘Groundwater making the invisible visible’ which highlight the importance of grand water in the environment, noting that it contributes half of the drinking water.

Ameerah, FOMWAN Lagos Chapter, Dr. Halima Egberongbe, said the association embarked on the project last year as part of effort to ensure everybody gets clean water.

“In 2021, Lagos State chapter sank 11 boreholes in seven local government areas in the state to celebrate with the rest of the world.

“For this year’s celebration, another borehole project has been achieved at Orile Iganmu, Surulere local Government Area, which has been commissioned today to mark the day.

According to her, Over 3750 people benefited from the project. The association hopes that the humanitarian gesture will go a long way in the development of communities.

Also Sisters of Jannah sunk 20 wells nationwide, the convener of the group, Hajia Ramat Aliu expressed enthusiasm as the group was able to sunk 20 wells across the country to mark the day

Aliyu commended the donours and those who contributed in one way to the fulfillment of the project.

“To the executioners who are well trusted may you never go thirsty in this duniya wal akhira. To all sisters of Jannah, we are specially made because Allah bear witness we are conquering the world with love, charity and more love and more charity.

“May Allah ease all our affairs in this challenging times just because we hearken to His call and rush for rewards through good deeds. May Allah accept our small acts of worship and reward us all with the very best of both worlds. Amin, ” she said.

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